Report on net neutrality to be out soon Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

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Report on net neutrality to be out soon Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad today said the government will soon come out with its report on the controversial issue of net neutrality and the telecom department is waiting for the report from sectoral regulator TRAI. The government on Saturday said that it will soon come out with its report on the controversial issue of net neutrality. 
Telecommunication and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad told reporters in New Delhi that telecom department is waiting for the report from sectoral regulator TRAI. The telecom department, which had set up a panel to look into the net neutrality issue, submitted its report to Prasad earlier this month. Net neutrality implies equal treatment be accorded to all internet traffic and no priority should be given to any person or entity or company based on payment, which is seen as discriminatory.

On the appointment of TRAI Chairman, Mr Prasad said the name of new chairman of TRAI will be announced very soon.The issue gained national attention after internet activists and experts flagged telecom giant Bharti Airtel’s ‘Airtel Zero’ platform to be in violation of the principle.

Airtel Zero is an open marketing platform that allows customers to access a variety of mobile applications for free, with the data charges being paid by startups and large firms. Also over the last few months, operators like Reliance Communications and Uninor have tied up with players like Facebook, WhatsApp and Wikipedia to offer free usage to consumers.

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