As per the sources, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is likely to issue its net neutrality recommendations in a month.
Today, one can see internet flooded with several net neutrality posts. Telecom companies faced a negative impact of free messaging and calling services provided by apps such as Whatsapp, Hike, Facebook, Line, etc. on their profit margins.
The hot debate on this topic abuzzed in December 2014 when the leading telecom operator, Airtel launched a plan that charged customers at the base rate for the data used for making calls. This rate of 2G mobile data was around 500 times more as compared to Rs. 175-180 being charged by operators (on per GB basis) under a plan.
This debate took another turn after Facebook and Airtel rolled out free internet platforms for users. However, TRAI was not in this favor and banned these platforms in February 2016. And today, the authorities have confirmed that they would release net neutrality recommendations in a month.
RS Sharma, the Chairman of TRAI has asserted that the stakeholders are keenly taking part in this most-talked about issue. He further added that TRAI would deliver significant recommendations to the government in a timely manner.
Once TRAI issues recommendations related to net neutrality, the government of India will discuss the related framework and prospects.