In February 2016, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) released the “Prohibition of Discriminatory Tariffs for Data Services Regulations, 2016”.
The Regulations have triggered a debate on the issue of pricing access to the internet. Supporters of net neutrality welcomed the February 2016 Regulations, but others criticised it as ‘over-regulation’.
This paper seeks to understand the issue of network neutrality, the principles underlying the debate, the key outcomes of the Regulations, the impact on stakeholders, and answer some main criticisms.
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