Top internet and digital firms such as Facebook, Google and home-grown Paytm were part of a brainstorming session on Wednesday to discuss the latest consultation paper by the telecom regulator on net neutrality.
The meeting, organised by the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) for its member companies, comes ahead of the December 30 deadline set by the regulator to submit comments on the consultation paper on differential pricing for data services. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has given a deadline of January 7 for receiving counter comments.
IAMAI President Subho Ray told ET that the meeting was meant to discuss the think tank’s internal view on the consultation paper. “We completely support net neutrality but this discussion was on innovative services that are differentially priced,” he said. Both Facebook and Paytm, whose cofounder Vijay Shekhar Sharma has been vociferously opposing the Free Basics programme by the social networking giant, were part of the meeting. On Tuesday, Sharma, who is currently out of the country, tweeted: “Oh my fellow Indians, either choose this & do a jihaad for independent Internet later or pick #NetNeutrality today.”