"This consultation is examining the issue of Differential Pricing for Data Services. At the very outset, it must be said that the vague responses and claims made by Telcos with regard to 'Level Playing Field' are irrelevant to this question and can be ignored," Member of Parliament Rajeev Chandrasekhar submitted to Trai in counter comments.
     
Trai invited public comments to firm up its views over services that lead to differential pricing of data and today was the last date for submitting counter comments on the same.
    
Telecom operators including Airtel, Vodafone, Idea, Reliance Communications and their respective associations have supported differential pricing for data services, while Internet service providers have opposed the plan.

Software Freedom Law Centre said that VoIP services or internet based calls compete with traditional telephone services, as they should, because all communications, whether characterized as "telephone calls" or "data packets" are in fact the same.
    
"What other commentators call "price arbitrage" by consumers between these services should be called "user efforts to eliminate anti-competitive routing practices, otherwise known as "net neutrality", SFLC said.