What the list discusses
A. What is the status of telecom in India? How does it compare with that of other countries?
B. What is the importance of telecom in Indias development? What are we losing on account of the poor state of telecom in the country?
C. Regulatory issues pertaining to pricing, monopolies, privitisation, structuring, etc.
D. Changes needed in Indian legislation such as the Indian Telegraph Act of 1885 to cater to todays needs and those of the immediate future
E. Indian legislation vis-a-vis rights to privacy, freedom of expression, etc. in cyberspace
F. Implications of new technologies for Indian telecom, specifically:
G. Implications of DOT policies and guidelines, such as:
H. Implications of the coming together of telecom and entertainment technologies
I. Matters pertaining to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI)
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A picture that nicely illustrates the mess in Indian telecom is shown below. On this pole, you see the electrical wires on top, the telephone wires below them, and yes, they are stretched by the shortest possible path to the subscriber. New is the box at the bottom, which belongs to the cable TV operator, who supplies me an Internet connection from this box. The blue car behind is mine (Arun Mehta).
The issue bothering us most at the moment is the ISP VSNL's censorship of IP-phone sites. Not to mention their banning of Internet telephony itself. Click here to find out the Status of VSNL censorship of IP-phone sites
And here for NOTE ON INTERNET TELEPHONY POLICY in India
Background Note on Internet telephony in India
firstname.lastname@example.org B-69, Lajpat Nagar-I New Delhi 110024 India
ISP India Info - guide to the Indian ISPs
Directory of Important Indian Telecom Bodies
India-related web sites
National Taskforce on IT & Software Development
Documents of the Group on Telecommunications including the new draft telecom policy
Telecommunication Regulatory Authority of India web site
Some Indian newspapers' and magazines' email addresses (compiled by ">Frederick Noronha)
Indian Telegraph Act, 1885 -- the basis for the government monopoly of long-distance and international telecom, ban on uplinking to a satellite from India, and a lot else that is wrong in Indian telecom.
Excerpts from the TRAI Act, 1997
ANTHONY'S COMMENTS ON INFORMATION TEHNOLOGY BILL 1999
Annex To The Executive Summary
METHODOLOGIES FOR DETERMINING TELECOM TARIFFS
TELECOM TARIFFS IN INDIA
Comments from VOICE on above paper
TRAI MTNL/Internet Policy Order
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