Decisions of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) have been under scrutiny for a while. Rajeev Chandrasekhar, 52, in his second Rajya Sabha term and a former president of business chamber Ficci, beside a record as an entrepreneur, including in the sector, has been a strong critic of the regulator. He talks to Malini Bhupta on the subject. Edited excerpts:
It is their much overdue attempt to define net neutrality, 18-24 months after the debate started. It remains a mystery why they waited so long, started two independent consultations and now a third one on NN. They first came out with a consultation (paper) on OTT (over-the-top content, the term for delivery of audio, video and other media over the Internet without the involvement of a multiple system operator in control or distribution of the content). In February, they came out with rules on differential pricing of data and then another consultation on free data.