Report of net neutrality to be out soon: IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad

Ravi Shankar Prasad

New Delhi, June 27: Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad on Saturday said that the report on net neutrality would be out once the TRAI report is out.

“Report of net neutrality will be out soon. But as I said in the Parliament, I will have to await TRAI report also. We are expecting that the RBI will give license for payment bank to the Department of Post by August,” said Ravi Shankar.

More than 100,000 users have petitioned the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to prohibit telecom operators charging extra money from users and companies to open application faster, and slowing down the speeds for those who don’t pay.

The government has set up a committee that would come out with its inter net neutrality report in the second week of May.

Last month, about 60 digital rights groups from several nations across the globe, including India, the US, the Netherlands, Germany, Brazil, Austria and others, have criticized Facebook’s Internet.org initiative, saying that it undermines net neutrality.

In an open letter to Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, the groups had reportedly claimed that the initiative had been wrongly marketed as providing access to the full Internet, even though it provided access to a limited number of services that are approved by Facebook and local Internet service providers.

Through Internet.org, Facebook and some other firms aim to extend internet connectivity to the underprivileged around the world. However, the programme, which was criticized in India for creating “walled gardens,” offers only select websites and services, including those of Facebook, at no data charges to users.

(With Agency Inputs)

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