FCC MOVES TO ENSURE “NET NEUTRALITY”
The Federal Communications Commission in the US is expected to unveil plans for new net neutrality rules next week that could be passed as early as 15 December and would prohibit internet service providers from blocking websites or “unjustly or unreasonably” discriminating against any lawful internet traffic.
GANDHI WARNS INDIAN GROWTH COMES AT A PRICE
Faster economic growth in India is coming at the price of a “shrinking moral universe,” said Sonia Gandhi, president of the ruling Congress party, in the wake of the telecom scandal that is rocking the country. The Indian government is currently considering a proposal from India’s Telecom Regulatory Authority to cancel licenses of both foreign and national mobile operators that have been accused of violating licensing regulations, according to FT. This involves 62 licenses given to five companies in 2008, including one held by Norway’s Telenor. Analysts state such a move to cancel licenses could have serious repercussions on the country’s telecom sector. Telenor, with eight million customers in India, states it entered the market only after its joint-venture partner Unitech had secured one of its two licenses and still intends to conduct business in the country.