A Department of Telecommunications panel will be coming out with a report on net neutrality in the second week of May, The Economic Times reported.
Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said a six member committee will make a comprehensive decision independent of TRAI, an unprecedented move due to the gravity of the matter. "We constituted a committee. We feel that Internet is the creation of human mind. Internet should have linkages to the common man in a non-discriminatory manner," Prasad is quoted as saying.
Prasad previously backed the principle of net neutrality on Twitter, calling it one of the finest creations of mankind.
— Ravi Shankar Prasad (@rsprasad) April 7, 2015
The net neutrality debate has been in the news since TRAI floated a consultation paper to discuss a regulatory framework for OTT (over the top) services like WhatsApp, Viber, and Skype.
The launch of of Airtel Zero, which allows internet companies to pay for the data charges incurred by the customer, acted as a lightning rod, though the company characterises the service as the equivalent of toll-free voice calling.
A volunteer run SaveTheInternet campaign went viral over the weekend, with the release of All India Bakchod's video, which has seen over a million views so far. Over a lakh email responses have been sent to TRAI on the consultation paper, which has a deadline of April 24.
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