Backing net neutrality, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has barred operators from charging different rates for Internet access based on content, dealing a blow to Facebook's controversial Free Basics and other such plans.
Expressing disappointment on India's decision on net neutrality, Facebook founder and chief Mark Zuckerberg has said he is committed to keep working to break down connectivity barriers in India and around the world.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has put a blanket ban under its 'Prohibition of Discriminatory Tariffs for Data Services Regulations, 2016' on charging different price based on the usage of internet leading to discrimination among content and services available online.
With India placing high priority to cyber security, the government is in talks with a number of countries, including the US, for co-operation to check cyber espionage and other attacks, Union Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said Sunday.
The operators argued that Trai's data, which were published on the regulator's website yesterday, do not portray the actual performance of their networks and there was a wide divergence between the results of the tests done by them and those by the regulator.