Net neutrality report anti-consumer, leaning towards teleco lobby: Cong

Congress today dubbed as "anti-consumer" a report on Net Neutrality insisting that it has failed to meet two main issues

By: PTI | New Delhi | Published:July 19, 2015 10:32 am
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Congress today dubbed as “anti-consumer” a report on Net Neutrality insisting that it has failed to meet two main issues and was “leaning” towards the lobby of telecom companies.

“It is an anti-consumer report” and failed to fulfill the democratic aspirations of a modern India… It is leaning towards a particular lobby,” party spokesman Salman Khurshid told reporters.

He said that party Vice President Rahul Gandhi had flagged the issue of net neutrality in Parliament. Noting that distinctions have been made between domestic and international calling applications, he said the attempt to bring in regulation was “not healthy and not acceptable”.

The DoT panel on net neutrality has batted for an open and unregulated regime for several over the top (OTT) services but proposed regulating local and national calls over VoIP apps such as WhatsApp and Skype, a move that would result in consumers paying for them, possibly making them as expensive as calls made on mobile.

The government will formulate its final policy on net neutrality once the telecom regulator submits its recommendations.

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    kabir
    Jul 20, 2015 at 9:56 am
    This is the dumbest ever reason for protest Congress has come up with in last few days. Distinction between national and international calls are not healthy!! My foot... National cellular services are at a comparable price to VoIPs, but if the so called "trending" generation keeps on using WhatsApp, Viber and Skype platforms for VoIP within national boundary, the telecommunication sector which employs a substantial potion will take a hit. Moreover, the reenue generated by using the VoIP platforms will go into international pockets instead of contributing to national economy. Congress should atleast do some basic research before coming up with this kind of claims. No wonder our country remained 3rd rate economy under them for so long, they don't have grasp of even what's good for the country.
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    Rames A
    Jul 19, 2015 at 11:04 am
    Congis are pro-people when not in power - to get to power. After getting to power they shed crocodile tears - best example Pappu - when his party is in power he ignores issues - or does a mere drama ... when not in power he enacts a pro-people drama.... he should join a Theater group - good theater artist.... not to say that Govindacharya was right about Modi.....
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    Ujwal Ujwal
    Jul 19, 2015 at 11:19 am
    Bjp's are pro-people when not in power - to get to power. After getting to power they shed crocodile tears - best example Modi - when his party is in power he ignores issues - or does a mere drama ... when not in power he enacts a pro-people drama.... he should join a TAMASHA group - good TAMASHA artist.... not to say that Govindacharya was right about Modi.....
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