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PMO’s Singh meets Telecom Minister Prasad to discuss differential data pricing related issues | Tech2

Amid a raging debate on net neutrality, Minister of State in the Prime Minister’s Office (PMO) Jitendra Singh Friday met Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad to discuss the issues related to differential data pricing a key factor in the proposed policy.

While sectoral regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) is yet to give its recommendations on the matter, sources said the PMO is closely monitoring the issues relating to differential pricing for data services and Facebook’s controversy-ridden Free Basics platform.

Sources said the PMO is taking a keen interest in the issue because any policy regarding Internet can play an important role in the success of Digital India programme.

In their second such meeting, Singh along with Science and Technology Minister Harsh Vardhan Friday met the Telecom Minister to deliberate on the matter and what could be the implications if differential pricing is permitted.

Most of the telecom operators and Facebook have supported differential pricing for data usage, which is being opposed by net neutrality activists.

The activists, however, say that allowing differential pricing for data would amount to curbs on freedom of choice to access Internet.

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