While top internet firms including Facebook and Google have expressed their concerns and beliefs over the latest consultation paper by the telecom regulator on net neutrality, founders of nine Indian startups have raised their voice in favour the concept.
Founders of Zomato, Paytm, GOQii, TrulyMadly and five others have jointly sent a letter to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) chairman, RS Sharma, endorsing their support for net neutrality, and calling for TRAI to issue clear regulations that prevent telecom or content providers “from acting as gate-keepers offering restricted Internet services instead of the open internet.”
The others include Metis Learning, Mouthshut.com, SVG Media, Teesort.com and FlipClass.com.
The meeting, organised by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) for its member companies, comes ahead of the December 30 deadline set by the regulator to submit comments on the consultation paper on differential pricing for data services. TRAI has given a deadline of January 7 for receiving counter comments.
Amid a raging debate over telecom firms offering discounted tariffs for accessing certain websites — called zero-rating — Trai had issued a consultation paper, seeking comments on whether differential pricing should be allowed.