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Google pushes for Net neutrality in India
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Internet giant Google has written to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India pushing for Net neutrality which will enable consumers to access services and products irrespective of the operator.

“An open Internet is good for Indian consumers and businesses. To unlock the full potential of a national broadband network and the Internet access it will deliver, it is crucial to implement policies that maintain the Internet's fundamentally open, neutral, non-discriminatory nature,” Google said in its response to TRAI's consultation paper on the national broadband plan.

Net neutrality is a major issue being debated in countries such as the US where some service providers want to promote content where they get higher revenue share and block content offered by rival operators. The Internet has more or less remained neutral because no one entity, government or corporate, owns it. But off late telecom companies, which own the network, want a share of the revenue earned by content providers and therefore put restrictions on the services available to consumers.

“Keeping the Internet open is about more than Google; it's about the next Google – and making sure that the Internet remains an open ecosystem, where new ideas can succeed, and new business models can flourish on their own merits. Indeed, Google's story is the story of myriad other companies that have become global brands in a matter of years or even months. Skype went from an Estonian start-up to being a major competitor in international calling. Facebook went from being a small college project to being a platform used by millions,” Google said in its submission to TRAI.

“In designing the regulatory environment for a National Broadband Network, TRAI should consider the ways in which broadband providers' practices can threaten the fundamental openness of the Internet. Consideration should be given to promoting a regulatory environment that protects user choice, competition and innovation on the Internet,” it added.

The Internet company said that fundamental goal of the regulatory regime that TRAI plans to put in place must be to separate the ownership of the infrastructure from the provision of services over the new network.

Source: The Hindu Business Line

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