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Highlights of watchdog order on discriminatory data pricing
Language : hindi
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08-02-2016 14:30:16 .
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 Highlights of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) order on discriminatory pricing of data, which has bearing on services like Facebook's Free Basics and Airtel's Zero: 
 
No discriminatory tariffs for data services on the basis of content 
No contract that has the effect of discriminatory tariffs for data content services  
Internet has to be made available to large number of people without discrimination 
No differential charges based on source, destination, application and content 
Exception only in the case of grave emergencies 
Tariff on exceptions need to be reported to watchdog within seven days 
Fine of Rs. 50, 000 per day for each act of contravention with Rs. 50 lakh cap 
Differential pricing disadvantages small content providers 
It creates entry barriers and and stifle innovation 
It can turn service providers into gatekeepers 
It goes against the freedom of speech, expression and media pluralism 
Ruling may be reviewed after two years or earlier  
Consultation paper evoked sizeable number of responses from individuals 
Responses also from 15 operators, associations, 42 institutions 
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