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Consultation Paper on Proliferation of Broadband through Public Wi-Fi Networks

ITfC
August
2016
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Advocacy Statements

IT for Change made a submission to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India(TRAI) in response to the call for comments on the Consultation Paper on Proliferation of Broadband through Public Wi-Fi Networks. The submission pointed out the need for adopting last mile connectivity approaches that encourage community based networks, including those owned and run by self government institutions.

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Free Basics, now through the backdoor, The Hindu

Parminder Jeet Singh
July
2016
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Media Articles

This article flags how the ‘problem people had with Free Basics is now sought to be resolved by making Free Basics equally available across all telcos, and not just one network as earlier!’By allowing content providers to subsidise access to their sites, using the logic of Internet exceptionalism, India’s telecom provider is weakening its previous stance on net neutrality.

Read the article here.

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ITfC submission to the TRAI consultation paper -2016

Parminder Jeet Singh
June
2016
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Advocacy Statements

ITfC has made submissions to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in response to the two consultation papers it released, one on free data and another a more general pre-consultation on net neutrality.

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ITfC's submissions to the TRAI consultation paper - 2015

May
2015
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Advocacy Statements

The Telecom Regulating Authority of India (TRAI) released a consultation paper to test waters and the public sentiment over regulating the at-present loosely defined OTT (over-the-top) services. One of the most important issues in the paper was of net neutrality and its various pros and cons. The paper saw intense public engagement with media and politicians pitching in with pro net neutrality views, and telcos putting out defensive views on their side of the story.

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ITfC's submissions to the TRAI consultation paper - 2016

Parminder Jeet Singh
January
2016
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Advocacy Statements

The Telecom Regulating Authority of India (TRAI) released a consultation paper to gauge public sentiment over differential pricing of data services. The paper evoked intense reactions in the media especially on Facebook's 'Free Basics' initiative with Reliance, which was widely publicised. You can read our submission to TRAI here.

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Pre-Consultation Paper on Cloud Computing

ITfC
August
2016
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Advocacy Statements

IT for Change made a submission to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India in response to the call for comments on the Pre-Consultation Paper on Cloud Computing. The response at the outset stresses that any discussions on the digital, like cloud computing, must be made in awareness of the fact that the digital is transforming all social systems and institutions and a new regulatory framework will be required to take such a wider view of the involved public interest


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So what could be wrong with free Internet?

Parminder Jeet Singh
January
2016
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Media Articles

In the light of the growing media focus on Facebook's 'Free Basics' and the overwhelming response to the TRAI consultation paper on differential pricing, Parminder Jeet Singh argued how differntial pricing will invert the basic egalitarian design of the Internet with very harful consequences to the society in this article in Deccan Herald.

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Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)- Consultation Paper on Net Neutrality

ITfC
March
2017
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Advocacy Statements

IT for Change submitted comments to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on the Consultation Paper on Net Neutrality. We urge the development of "Core Principles of Net Neutrality" based on human rights, equity and social justice.

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TRAI's historic decision

February
2016
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Media Articles

Following TRAI's historic ruling that prohibits the discriminatory tariffs for data services, Parminder Jeet Singh, in this op-ed in the Deccan Herald, discusses how TRAI has asserted its regulatory control over the internet by ensuring data services are not discriminated based on content and are provided as regulated public utility.

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What Free Basics Did Not Intend To Do

Parminder Jeet Singh
January
2016
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Media Articles

Following Face book’s aggressive campaign to gain public support for Free Basics, Parminder Jeet Singh, in this article, "What Free Basics Did Not Intend To Do" argues how while the campaign utterly failed in its intended purpose, its unintended consequences may have done a lot of good to India. Firstly, it helped make a case for governments providing a basic data package as an entitlement to everyone.

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