[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]T[/dropcap]elecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) gave a verdit against discriminatory pricing of data content. The BJP welcomed the decision saying it will give a strong momentum to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s dream of a ‘Digital India’ and the decision was an expression of popular will.
Communications and Information Technology Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad issued a statement saying that, “The BJP wholeheartedly welcomes the TRAI decision on differential pricing. The decision is fully in line with the BJP-led NDA government’s vision of open and fair Internet and support to net neutrality, which it has reiterated time and again, on the floor of the parliament and outside.
The statement also said the National Democratic Alliance government ensured unparalleled transparency in the entire issue of net neutrality. The decision was taken after extensive consultations between various stakeholders across the spectrum.
The party also attacked the Congress, saying it sought to mislead the people and stood exposed.
[dropcap color=”#008040″ boxed=”yes” boxed_radius=”8px” class=”” id=””]”T[/dropcap]he Congress tried its best to create an atmosphere of distrust and fear while the process was going on and in the process made a deplorable attempt to mislead the people for the sake of petty politics. Today they stand completely exposed,” the statement said.
It said the government made sure proper processes were followed at all levels “which eventually led to the victory of an open and equal Internet”.
The telecom watchdog on Monday said no to discriminatory pricing of data content in a move seen as an endorsement of net neutrality and a setback to offerings such as Facebook’s Free Basics and Airtel Zero.