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Net Neutrality: DoT report recommends regulatory intervention of OTT services like WhatsApp and Skype, Twitter outrages

Acc to the ET Now story, DoT wants licensing of whatsapp, viber and all messaging apps. Please tell @rsprasad you don't want this.

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In a huge breakthrough for the telecom companies, the Department of Telecom (DoT) ‘net neutrality’ report recommends regulatory intervention of over the top (OTT) services including WhatsApp, Skype to ensure fair play in the telecom sector.

ET Now has got hold of the DoT report sent to the telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad for approval, and it clearly recommends apps be brought under the same rule as the telecoms, i.e., pay licensing fees and adhere to other statutory rules as per guidelines. This leak has created a furor among net neutrality activists who feel that this move will stifle innovation, and the advent of free apps will be history.

This will deter the growth of startups and OTT service content providers as they cannot operate at the scale at which telecom operators do, and will be at an obvious disadvantage if intervention is introduced. Twitter has been abuzz since morning voicing its disapproval on licensing of apps and urges Telecom Minister Ravi Shakar Prasad to not approve of the DoT committee’s report.

To put things into perspective, the telecom giants, on the other hand ,allege that IM apps have been eating away at their revenues. They have disrupted the messaging model, and now look to disrupt the voice call service model too with services like WhatsApp Call. The telecom giants rely heavily on voice calling, as it makes up for 80 percent of their revenues, and have urged DoT and the telecom minister to address these legitimate concerns.

Upon approval by Prasad, the report submitted by the committee together with the telecom regulator’s recommendation will form the final basis of the government’s non-discriminatory policy on net neutrality.

Here’s ET Now’s report on gaining exclusive access to the DoT report: 

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  • Published Date: June 30, 2015 1:18 PM IST
  • Updated Date: June 30, 2015 3:58 PM IST



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