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|August 4, 1998||
The government will soon make policy announcements that will completely unshackle the Internet services business and ensure a trouble-free beginning to aspiring Internet service providers from the private sector.
The government has cleared a proposal to levy a nominal Re 1 licence fee on ISPs. Earlier, it had decided that they would not have to pay any fee in the first five years of operation.
By allowing organisations like the Department of Electronics to set up their own gateways, the government has taken another step in breaking VSNL's monopoly over the international gateway access.
ISPs will be "allowed to provide such gateways after obtaining security clearances for which the interface for private Internet service providers shall only be with the Department of Telecommunications, which will set up a mechanism for obtaining security clearance from different security agencies", the gazette notice reads.
The decision to bill long-distance calls to Internet servers at local rates is also significant since only 40 cities and towns in the country have servers, or access nodes. "Internet access nodes will be opened by DoT and authorised Internet service providers at all district headquarters and local charging areas by January 26, 2000", the gazette said.
"As an interim measure, and till nodes are provided in all local charging areas, access to the nearest Internet access node will be on local call rates, progressively with effect from August 15, 1998. Internet service providers will be responsible for ensuring that this facility is not misused for telephone traffic," it adds.
Other measures decided upon by the Cabinet include:
- Compiled from the Indian media
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