Net neutrality is a principle that promises equality for all packets of data over the internet. The topic has spurred wide public debate and credit for this goes to Trai, which has set high standards for public consultations. In August 2014, faced with growing demands by telecom companies for separately charging users and internet companies for data-heavy web services, it organised a high-level seminar. There seemed to be a sharp difference of opinion and peace was brokered at the time by a statement that a consultation paper would be released on it soon.
A consultation paper provides the necessary background of policy choices and legal regulations on the basis of which inputs are invited from the public. After these inputs are received and published, it may provide an opportunity for additional counter-comments before publishing its recommendations. The consultation paper on OTT (over the top) services didn’t come without public nudges by various.