Net neutrality war: Competition Commission says TRAI should take it as policy issue
Net neutrality issue in India is not going to die down anytime soon. Now more stake holders are coming forward to be part of the long-running feud as far as net neutrality is concerned.
Now another official has come forward and has asked the TRAI to take a clear stand on it.
Ashok Chawla who is the chairman of the fair trade watchdog Competition Commission has said that TRAI has to first take a stand in this regard as this is a policy issue.
While talking about it he said, â€œIt has not come to us. We will see when it comes. This is a policy issue. The regulator (TRAI) has to decide first. Based on whatever happens in terms of behaviour as in conformity and not in conformity of policy we will see and in any case if they are going to interact with us they are welcomeâ€. The development comes at a time when some telecom operators have entered into tie-ups for offering free access to certain mobile apps and websites. Such activities have raised concerns on net neutrality. The last refers to equal treatment for all Internet traffic.
Net neutrality issue has created a sort of storm in the country. Last month, Bharti Airtel launched Airtel Zero, an open marketing platform that allowed customers to access many mobile applications for free, with the data charges being paid by start-ups and large companies. Over the past few months, operators such as Reliance Communications and Uninor have partnered internet companies such as Facebook, WhatsApp and Wikipedia to offer free usage to consumers. Such moves are being seen as against net neutrality.
Things are looking rather excited. Speaking about CCI’s work, Chawla said fair trade regulator has dealt with 600 anti-trust cases in the past seven years. It has also handled 475 cases of merger and acquisitions (M&A) matters in the past four years. “We are geeting 10 getting 10 M&A cases every month.