In the time of progess, India gets ready to take a step forward … or is it back?
Citing security concerns, the Department of Telecom (DoT) now plans to bring messenger-based telephony services such as those offered by Skype, Yahoo, MSN, and Net2Phone, under the scanner.
However, from what I read this has nothing to do with security concerns. But, Indian ISPs have themselves urged the Government to ban these services or ask them to obtain appropriate licence.
And this has come only because VoIP providers donâ€™t pay 12 percent service tax and six percent of their revenue share, as ISPs do.
Internet Service Providers Association of India (ISPAI) in a letter to DoT stated:
Internet telephony services can be offered in India either by an ISP specifically permitted to do so or by a unified access service licensee. However, several service providers such as Skype, Net2Phone, Yahoo, and MSN, are providing Internet telephony services to people in India. Most of these foreign service providers do offer termination in Indian fixed-line telephones as well.
I really wonder how they plan on implementing this. Will only VOIP calls be banned or will are inept providers just block all communication via messengers?
They made a mess while blocking “certain” blogspot domains. Then came the chaos over blocking Orkut because of a single community and now this.
We are indeed moving backwards in technology. It would be really sad to see our country closing up.