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Lack of clear definitions leading to confusing internet regulations

The ruling by the Telecom Regulatory Authority Of India (TRAI) on the “Free Basics” [2] by Facebook has created more confusion: “Can’t regulate intranet tariffs, says TRAI chief.” There is lack of concrete definitions for “internet things.” For examples, ‘internet, … Continue reading

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Consultation Process on Differential Pricing for Data Services

Response to Consultation Process on Differential Pricing for Data Services by TRAI (India) Here are my answers to the questions on Differential Pricing for Data Services. Question 1: Should the TSPs be allowed to have differential pricing for data usage … Continue reading

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State of Telecommunications

First, Tom Wheeler, the Federal Communication Commission Chairman, must be congratulated for adroitly navigating the “net neutrality” whirlpools [2] and positioning the FCC as the champion of “fast, fair and open” internet. However, there is a risk that future FCC may … Continue reading

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Financialization in telecom

The normal role for finance in the economy is to facilitate trade and production efficiently. Through these transactions profits are generated. However, due to dysfunctional factors, it can become more profitable to use financial methods to generate profits without trade … Continue reading

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Internet Fast and Slow Lanes

One area of confusion in the current internet debate is the “fast lane” and “slow lane” controversy. The FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler said, “I will not allow some companies to force Internet users into a slow lane so that others … Continue reading

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An Internet Transit Map

“In the world of tech policy there are few issues more conflict-laden and wrapped up in misunderstandings than net neutrality,” says Doug Brake in The Hill. There is no shortage of internet maps [2, 3]. But what is missing is … Continue reading

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How to learn effectively using the internet

It is common knowledge that the internet is a treasure trove of information. And one of the often repeated applications of the internet and broadband is education. But using the internet as a learning tool is easier said than done. … Continue reading

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