Our Comments to TRAI's Consultation Paper on Regulatory Framework for Over-The-Top (OTT) Communication Services

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had published a consultation paper on 12 November 2018 for the creation of a regulatory framework for over-the-top (OTT) communication services. OTT services are those services which are used or delivered over the Internet. Basically, if you need Internet for something, then it is an over-the-top service. Yesterday, on 07 January 2019, we submitted out comments to TRAI. Our comments are available below. Counter comments will be accepted by TRAI until 21 January 2019.

Core recommendations of the DOT Committee on net-neutrality

In light of the emergence of net-neutrality and regulation of Over-the-Top (OTT) services as popular topics in national policy debates, in January 2015, the Department of Telecommunications under the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) constituted a Committee chaired by Shri A K Bhargava [Member (T), DOT] with the following terms of reference:

  1. To examine the pursuit of net-neutrality from a public policy perspective, its advantages and limitations.