In a joint representation submitted to telecom regulator TRAI through industry bodies COAI and AUSPI, operators have said differential pricing schemes should be non-discriminatory.
In its submissions to Trai, the industry bodies in a joint letter said, "For the growth of data service, price differentiation for data services can be allowed."
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has received around 24 lakh comments on its consultation paper on differential pricing for data services, a key aspect of net neutrality.
A debate on net neutrality stirred across the country after Airtel decided to charge separately for Internet-based calls but withdrew it later after people protested. The debate heated up after Airtel launched free Internet platform Airtel Zero and later Facebook also launched its Internet.Org
platform, renamed as Free Basics.