Home / Industry / Telecom /  6 lakh comments flood Trai’s second net neutrality paper

New Delhi: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has received around six lakh comments on its consultation paper over ‘differential pricing for data services’ – one of the important issues under net neutrality principles.

“Till Thursday, Trai received about 5,40,000 comments. These comments have suddenly come and mostly around Facebook’s Free Basics service. Today, comments would have crossed six lakh," an official source said.

The last date for comments on the consultation paper is 30 December, and for counter comments it’s 7 January.

Facebook has launched a campaign asking users to support Free Basics scheme under which users can access some websites without paying data charges.

The regulator had received over 10 lakh comments on its first consultation paper floated over net neutrality. A debate on net neutrality stirred across the country after telecom service provider Bharti Airtel Ltd. decided to charge separately for internet-based calls, but withdrew it later after people protested.

Internet activists and experts flayed the operator for Airtel Zero service along with Facebook’s internet.org service. Amid a debate over zero-rating plans and telecom firms offering discounted tariffs for accessing certain websites, Trai issued a consultation paper seeking comments on whether such differential pricing should be allowed. PTI

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