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Hiding behind the brave soldier dying on the border...

Don't defend Free Speech Because soldiers are dying on the border Bajrang Dal is killing someone for eating meat Because soldiers are dying on the border Don't question journalists broadcasting doctored videos Because soldiers are dying on the border Shiv Sena is beating up young lovers on Valentine's Day Because soldiers are dying on the border Don't stand up for Human Rights Because soldiers are dying on the border Lawyers are beating up innocent students Because soldiers are dying on the border Don't speak up against a cruel insensitive govt Because soldiers are dying on the border RSS is running a hate campaign against Muslims & Christians Because soldiers are dying on the border Don't stand for civil liberties Because soldiers are dying on the border Let's take away civil liberties Because soldiers are dying on the border Hide your cowardice and failure Behind the brave soldier dying on the border

Draft Response to TRAI in support of differential pricing for Data services

This is a draft response to TRAI on their consultation paper on Differential Pricing for Data Services. Please feel free to comment, suggest improvements and most importantly use in part or in whole to send in your comments in support of  Differential Pricing for Data Services. (Structure borrowed from the STI campaign) Emails should be sent to  advisorfea1@trai.gov.in Dear Sir, Thank you for this Consultation Paper on Differential Pricing for Data Services; The TRAI should bring in rules that foster innovation not just in the Internet services Domain, but also in the domain of Internet access. This will invariably mean to allow a free hand to TSPs to innovate in distribution and pricing. This would include differential pricing - especially the practice of “Zero Rating” and other such innovations. I hope the TRAI considers my answers. Thanking you My answers: Question 1: Should the TSPs be allowed to have differential pricing for data usage for accessing diffe

Why opposition to Free Basics is flawed

If purists are so offended by a limited offering, just don’t call ‘Free Basics’ the Internet   A lot has been said about Free Basics, the free limited internet program by Facebook and its telecom partners. Mostly by people opposing it. Facebook is spending (reportedly) Rs 100 crore and using its own properties to make it a success. It is ironical that people who claim to be avowedly pro-market are the loudest opponents of Free Basics. So much so, there is hardly a major voice that stands for it. Supporting it, is almost like supporting bigotry, and invites accusations of shilling for Facebook.  In the spirit of Laissez-faire, it is my contention that Free Basics should continue. Whether it succeeds or fails is something that the market should decide. Let us analyse the main arguments that we have heard against Free Basics and why we should have a different view on them. Who pays for it? Since FB doesn’t pay Telcos for bandwidth. Telcos make too much money from us and are g