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IAMAI opposes zero rated services of any type

In its recent
response to the DoT paper on Net Neutrality, the Internet and Mobile
Association of India [IAMAI], an industry body which represents some of the
largest Internet companies in India,  has clearly and unambiguously
opposed zero-rated plans of any type.

In its recent
response to the DoT paper on Net Neutrality, the Internet and Mobile
Association of India [IAMAI], an industry body which represents some of the
largest Internet companies in India,  has clearly and unambiguously
opposed zero-rated plans of any type.

In its submission
made last week IAMAI has held that “these plans will ultimately harm Internet
content and service providers by limiting competition among them, and, by
extension, limit consumer choice”. Such plans will also “allow the operators,
if given control of which apps/services to push to consumers, to discriminate
and privilege certain web services over others, and throttle innovation”. The
association has also reiterated that it does not support any plans that violate
principles of net neutrality “especially paid or unpaid prioritization or other
discriminatory practices”.

IAMAI has also reacted
strongly against the proposal to license domestic and national VoIP, as
suggested by the DoT paper. The association contends that such a regime will be
directly against consumer interest and against future innovations. The
association contends that licensing any domestic and national Internet based
voice communications services would be impractical especially since such
services in many instances are offered as bundled services. The association
also feared that licensing one type of internet service may be the beginning of
a “slippery slope” and may lead to a clamour for so called “same service same
rules” for other internet services.

The association
has also cautioned that while traffic management is a technical right vested
with telecom operators, this right should not be misused to charge customers
differentially for different types of data. Technical requirements of traffic
management should also not be used to promote operators own services at the
cost of other services, the association cautioned. 

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