Call it Net neutrality, free Internet or open Internet. They all mean the same: Free access to the Internet, irrespective of company, service or content. That is what is in practice in India currently, but now, The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is planning to formulate new guidelines to check net neutrality.

If TRAI has its way, it would change the way Internet is used or consumed. The telcos can have differential charges for Internet use. Airtel, a mobile network operator in India, has announced it is working with local startups to create a platform where startups can pay for data usage, making their services free for users.

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