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The Internet Service Providers Association of India, an industry body of ISPs, has moved the Competition Commission of India alleging that the government’s delay in allowing Internet telephony is “favouring mobile operators and preventing fair competition,” Business Standard reports.
CCI is an autonomous regulator that works to prevent anti-competitive practices.
Telecom regulator TRAI had recommended seven months ago that ISPs should be allowed to use telephone lines to make Internet Telephony calls. The Department of Telecom has not acted on it yet. Once this is allowed, calls generated on an Internet Telephony service such as Skype can terminate on a regular telephone or mobile connection. This will result in cheaper calls and greater telecom penetration, it is expected.
The Editor’s Guild of India today condemned the “increasing trend of mistreatment and life threatening abuse” of journalists in Manipur in the hands of the state police. Several instances of criminal intimidation by police have been reported from that state recently, the Guild said in a statement, adding that despite displaying identity cards issued by the state government, journalists are being accused of colluding with insurgents. The offenders must be “held accountable for their threats to punish journalists with bullets”, the Guild said.
The first ever TED conference in India begins in Mysore on Thursday and many sessions will be webcast live by Times Internet at ted.indiatimes.com. After the conference, five talks will also be made available on the site and on mobile, the company said in a statement.