Trai Has Banned Differential Pricing of Tdp [ Current Affairs ]


Telecom service providers (TSPs) which are offering or charging discriminatory tariffs for data services on the basis of content accessed by a consumer have been banned by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI). TRAI has given Prohibition of Discriminatory Tariffs for Data Services Regulations, 2016 for this.

Key provisions of Regulations

  • The main aim behind these Regulations is to confirming that consumers get non-discriminatory and an unrestricted access to the internet.
  • They also mean to make non-discriminatory data tariffs for access to the internet on the content.
  • They also not allow TSPs to do any arrangement, contract or agreement with any person which will be unfair to tariffs based on content-led data services.
  • Decline of tariffs for providing or retrieving emergency services at times of public emergency has been permitted.
  • If any TSP breaks that rules then they have to pay fined 50 thousand rupees for each day it also be a maximum of 50 lakh rupees.
  • TRAI will examine the application of the regulation by the telecom service providers and evaluate it after 2 years or even before that if required.


  • These new regulations have been enclosed based on the retorts established by TRAI on Consultation Paper on ‘Differential Pricing for Data Services’.
  • In December 2015 the Consultation Paper was issued which had mostly required the views of the stakeholders on the TSPs should be allowed to charge differential tariffs based on the websites/platforms/applications accessed by customers on the internet.


  • This will improve net objectivity and ends the long-running debate on it in India.
  • From this time no TSPs can classify consumers on differential pricing of data Services according to website, platform, application and source.
  • With this implementation consumers will get non-discriminatory and unimpeded access to the internet.

What is Net Neutrality?

  • The Internet Service Providers (ISPs) treat everything that flows across the Internet equally is called Net Neutrality (or Internet neutrality).
  • All ISPs have to open websites/platforms/applications whether they want on not and they can’t charge extra money for speeding up connection to these websites.

- Published on: February 10, 2016