Congress yesterday dubbed as “anti- consumer” a report on net neutrality insisting that it has failed to meet two main issues and was “leaning” towards the lobby of telecom companies. Also Read - Internet groups claim that telecom operators are blocking Reddit and Telegram in India
“It is an anti-consumer report” and failed to fulfill the democratic aspirations of a modern India… It is leaning towards a particular lobby,” party spokesman Salman Khurshid told reporters. He said that party Vice President Rahul Gandhi had flagged the issue of net neutrality in Parliament. Noting that distinctions have been made between domestic and international calling applications, he said the attempt to bring in regulation was “not healthy and not acceptable”. Also Read - Indian telecom companies including Reliance Jio blocking websites including Soundcloud, Telegram
The DoT panel on net neutrality has batted for an open and unregulated regime for several over the top (OTT) services but proposed regulating local and national calls over VoIP apps such as WhatsApp and Skype, a move that would result in consumers paying for them, possibly making them as expensive as calls made on mobile. Also Read - Reliance Jio may be blocking proxy and VPN websites and violating net neutrality: Report
The government will formulate its final policy on net neutrality once the telecom regulator submits its recommendations.