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TRAI’s email id display mishap further fuels net neutrality fire in India

While the Indian internet community is engrossed in posting its support for net neutrality, responding to TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) as the final deadline on the subject approached, the regulator displaying email ids of over a million people attracted some negative remarks on various platforms. TRAI has now said that people should specifically state if they do not want to display their details.

Following the high decibel net neutrality debate in the market, TRAI had invited public consultation on the issue of net neutrality. A day before the deadline to invite comments were to expire, TRAI had published the comments, with names and other respondent details.

The respondents were also commenting on the issues of OTT (over the top) content of mobile applications eating in telcos’ revenue pie that were to be reviewed under the consultation paper regulating OTT services. The telecom regulator had set a deadline of April 24 for all the stakeholders to send in their feedback.

TRAI did not just posting email IDs of the respondents but also the content of the emails, names and in some cases the telephone numbers of the people who decided to voice their opinion in the issue of net neutrality in world’s largest democracy.

The respondents of the consultation varied from stakeholders such as telecom companies including Bhati Airtel, Vodafone, and BSNL, industry bodies such as ASSOCHAM and NASSCOM and even individuals who has put forth their view on the issue. But voicing their opinion has created another internet hassle for them.