Indian Broadband Policy and Regulatory Resources

Useful links

Useful links related to Broadband Regulation from International Sources

ICT Regulation Toolkit  – The ICT Regulation Toolkit is a live resource for policy-makers, regulators, the telecom industry, and consumers. It provides a global overview of how telecom policy is best implemented with practical materials highlighting experience and results.

Broadband Strategies Toolkit – The Broadband Strategies Toolkit is a guide for policy-makers, regulators, and other relevant stakeholders as they address issues related to broadband development. It aims to help readers, particularly those in developing countries, by identifying issues and challenges in broadband development, analyzing potential solutions to consider, and providing practical examples from countries that have addressed broadband-related matters.

World Bank ICT Glossary – The 100 most commonly used ICT-related terms and definitions according to the World Bank.

ITU Broadband Portal – The ITU produces a number of flagship reports including Trends in Telecommunication Reform focusing on best practice regulation to enable ubiquitous broadband markets to thrive. Various thematic studies provide valuable viewpoints and strategies on multiple issues that affect regulation and economics in a converged broadband world.

OECD Broadband Portal – The OECD broadband portal provides access to a range of broadband-related statistics gathered by the OECD. Policy makers must examine a range of indicators which reflect the status of individual broadband markets in the OECD. The OECD has indentified five main categories which are important for assessing broadband markets.

World Internet Project – The World Internet Project originated at the UCLA Center for Communication Policy (now the USC Annenberg School Center for the Digital Future) and was founded with the NTU School of Communication Studies in Singapore and the Osservatorio Internet Italia at Bocconi University in Milan, Italy. The originators of this project believe that the Internet (in whatever distribution system: PC, television, wireless or some yet to be developed system) will transform our social, political and economic lives. We further believe that the influence and importance of the Internet will dwarf that of the most important cultural influence of the past 50 years: television. Potentially the Internet represents change on the order of the industrial revolution or the printing press.

Freedomhouse (Freedom on the net report) 

Important sources of information on ICTs & Broadband in India

Government & Regulator

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) –  The most important policy making government body for anything related to telecom in India

Department of Telecommunication (DoT) – Licensing of Internet services falls under this department)

NIXI – Though originally set up as a neutral peering exchange amongst ISPs, NIXI also runs the ccTLD registry (.IN domain names) and the National Internet Registry (IP addresses and Autonomous System Numbers) now.

Bharat Broadband Network Limited (BBNL) – Special Purpose Vehicle put in place for the implementation of the National Optical Fiber Network of India

DeiTY – Promotion of Internet falls under this department

Industry Associations/ NGOs

Center for Internet and Society (CIS)  – CIS exclusively works in the domain of Internet and all possible sub domains related to freedom, democracy, open standards, governance, and privacy etc.

National Association of Software and Service Companies (NASSCOM) –  The leading trade association of ICT firms with headquarters in New Delhi and branch offices in all major cities in India.

Internet & Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) –  Founded in 2004, IAMAI is the only specialized industry body in India representing the interests of online and mobile value added services industry.

Canadian Radio- Television and Telecommunications Commission– CRTC supervise and regulate over 2,000 broadcasters, including TV services, AM and FM radio stations, and the companies that bring these services to the end user. They also regulate telecommunications carriers, including major telephone companies.

Commonwealth Telecommunication Organization – The Commonwealth Telecommunications Organisation is the oldest and largest Commonwealth membership organisation in the field of Information and Communication Technologies (ICTs).

Selected News papers and Magazines:

Dataquest and Voice & Data  – The important magazines that cover trends and news specific to the telecom & ICT industry. Published by the Cyber Media group.

Times of India – The leading newspaper in India. The web edition has a good search capabilities.

Telecom Centres of Excellence India – A collaborative effort between academic institutions, private telecom firms and govt. of India. Undertakes research, consulting and training.

Srini Raju Centre for IT and the Networked Economy – A multidisciplinary research centre located at Indian School of Business focusing on ICT domain where telecom is also part of it.