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|November 6, 1997||
Yet another set of ISP rules revealedThe government has announced yet another smattering of guidelines for wannabe Internet service providers in a homeopathic dose.
This time, however, things look more liberal. It is promised that 'reasonable prices' would prevail to help academics, scientists and young entrepreneurs 'gain access to information, globally'.
The changes permit licensees of basic, cellular and pager services to become Internet service providers on terms applicable to newcomers in the field.
The government statement says the new policy is a major step in utilising the competitive edge India has in information technology, besides strengthening its access to information at the national and international levels.
'The policy places special emphasis on providing opportunities to young technocrats,' the government statement claimed.
It said, as a promotional measure, private operators will be allowed access to spare capacity available with the railways and the power grid corporation in addition to the facilities provided by the Videsh Sanchar Nigam Limited.
The government statement said 'if necessary,' the ISPs will also be allowed access to multiple gateways for international connectivity.
Voice monopoly for covering long-distance and international calls will, however, continue to remain with the Department of Telecommunications,
'Care has also been taken to protect the business interests of basic service operators and value-added service providers.'
An inter-ministerial Implementation Committee will ensure compliance of government decisions on the Internet policy and will also act as an in-house mechanism to ensure a level playing field for the ISPs.
The committee, headed by the secretary of DoT, has on it his counterparts in the Department of Electronics, ministry of power, a representatives from the ministry of railways and the principal advisor on the Planning Commission as members.
Earlier: ISP license details announced
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