The Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) said that different pricing models mentioned in the consultation paper of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) are not only violating the core principles of TRAI's pricing regulation but also the principles of net neutrality.
"No, the TSPs (telecom service providers) should not be allowed to have differential pricing for data usage for accessing different websites, applications or platforms," IAMAI said in its comment over Trai's 'Consultation Paper on Differential Pricing for Data Services'.
IAMAI said as per Trai's paper there are three different models identified that have differential pricing for data or Internet services.
The first one being "when the service provider selects the content, which is offered free or bundled together at reduced rates," similar to zero rating platform like Airtel Zero. Under such plans telecom consumers don't pay for accessing websites or any content on such platform but the owner of content pay for joining it.
"In another form, one content provider creates a platform where other content providers can apply, and be selected. The platform creator then partners with service provider(s) to provide free Internet access to participating content providers, for the subscribers of those service providers," which is similar to Free Basics.