Did Google try to derail Net neutrality in India?

Joining hands with Facebook, Internet search giant Google is allegedly lobbying against net neutrality in India, according to reports.

Updated: Aug 21, 2015, 23:36 PM IST
Did Google try to derail Net neutrality in India?

New Delhi: Joining hands with Facebook, Internet search giant Google is allegedly lobbying against net neutrality in India, according to reports.

As per a MediaNama report, Google has been trying to prevent Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI), which represents some of the largest Internet companies in India, from taking a stand that counters Zero Rating.

The report also reveals that Vineeta Dixit, a member of Google’s public policy and Government Relations team has written to IAMAI for removal of any mention of ‘Zero Rating’ from its submission to the Department of Telecom. The news site has got its hands on the copies of the emails written.

Stating that there is no consensus on Zero Rating, Dixit's email dated August 14 to IAMAI government relations committee requested for removal of the same from the submission.

It should be noted that Google has not participated or even commented in the consultation process on net neutrality issue to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in the past.

Meanwhile, yesterday was the last day for submitting your suggestions on the issue of Net Neutrality and as many as 73,326 people posted their views on the DoT report on mygov.In, the government's platform for citizen engagement.

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