This is a DO OR DIE for Startups in India – TRAI’s Internet Licensing and Net Neutrality

TRAI ( Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) has invited current recommendations on its consultation paper (pdf) concerning Net Neutrality and Telecom Regulations in India.

This paper is meant to decide the very manner in which we access the Internet, what we access and threatens the startup movement in India.

In the current form, there is a proposal to put Whatsapp, Viber, Facebook Messenger and even Utility Services like Ola Cabs etc under licensing regime.

At Headstart, as an Startup ecosystem enabler, we firmly believe that such a licensing will discourage innovation in India because all the Internet Mobile Companies ride on the Data backbone created by the Telecom Operators. We believe Telecom operators should play fair to all the kind of services that use the data they are providing.

Nikhil Pahwa from Medianama and few others have volunteered to create an editable shortened version of TRAI’s consultation paper and Net Neutrality and how it affects Startups is summarized in a FAQ document.

In a nutshell, this has a DO or DIE impact on Indian Startups. We request all Startups to contribute to this and post their recommendations to TRAI before 24th April 2015!


Team Headstart

Protect #NetNeutralityIndia #savetheinternet

TRAI: Don’t allow differential pricing of services on the Internet & let the consumers choose how they want to use Internet. #netneutrality. Sign Petition here

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Courtesy Yourstory: The Net was born free, but telcos TRAIng hard to put it in chains

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