The discussion on differential pricing for internet services has come to an end with the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) prohibiting the practices of zero-rating or providing selected internet services at free of cost. What has happened? The debate on Net Neutrality and Facebook’s Free Basics began in 2013 when Facebook announced its plans
Telecom pricing rests itself on net neutrality and thus any effort to change or discourage it should be quite compelling. The basic argument in the debate about net neutrality is that the latter though encourages innovation it discourages all telecom operators to make any infrastructure investments as they are not able to even recover costs.
India has a huge internet market with over 243 million users, with more than 200 million of them operating the same on mobiles. Net Neutrality means that all traffic on internet is treated as equal by the service providers and there is no special charge for any specific service or website depending on content, destination