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How Internet Services and Telcos are Regulated in India

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has published a consultation paper proposing a regulatory framework for internet services and applications (called ‘OTT services’). Based on the comparison below, it would seem that the proposal for licensing of internet services is a terrible idea. Telecom Operators Internet Services

Why Licensing of Internet Services is a Terrible Idea

If telecom operators want a level playing field, they should focus on themselves; not internet services that are actually driving innovation. Of all the ways to describe how telecom companies are responding to the net neutrality debate, ‘crabs in a bucket’ might be the most

Banning Bits of Cyberspace

The Supreme Court has paved the way for  a free and open internet, but the future lies in our hands.  It’s a magical feeling to be holding a stack of papers extolling the virtues of an ‘informed citizenry’ and a ‘marketplace of ideas’, or how ‘liberty

Whose Idea is it Anyway?

The Dewarists is an extremely novel concept for an Indian television show. It features musicians from around the world, collaborating to produce original compositions as they travel across India. Not surprisingly, it has received critical acclaim since its very first broadcast. But like many shows before it, it now finds itself embroiled

What’s in a (domain) name?

When Shakespeare proclaimed that ‘a rose by any other name would smell just as sweet’, he probably wasn’t talking about domain names. The desire of vanity websites and recent incidence of cybersquatting has given rise to a curious case in which a prominent Indian politician has had to lay claim