Oct 4, 2017 - EXCLUSIVE: In telecom gamechanger, TRAI to issue proposal to allow Internet call to any device

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Facebook plastering full-page ads in newspapers with advice on how to spot fake news is not a good sign. It suggests that the social media giant may have run out of algorithmic methods to root out this problem. Or perhaps it's just a PR exercise to let everyone know it's doing its bit to fix the problem. The last time we saw Facebook advertise in mainstream newspapers, it was to push through its ill-fated 'Free Basics' program (aka selective internet for poor people). So, that's not a good precedent. However, all hope is not lost! There are indeed several algorithmic and user-initiated ways to fix the problem. From third-party fact checkers like IFCN (International Fact Checking Network) to Le Monde's Les Decodeurs (which helps users flag whole sites as fake) to algorithmically checking if a website was just created (thus lowering credibility for news published on it), there are a combination of approaches being used by various sites to solve this menace. More in this BBC piece

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As US Junks "Net Neutrality", How It Affects Internet In India: 10 Points
As US Junks
The US Federal Communications Commission or FCC voted on Thursday to repeal landmark 2015 rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet, sending chilling waves across cyberspace that are likely to wash up on Indian shores too. Championed by FCC Chairman Ajit Pai, an Indian-American Donald Trump loyalist, the scrapping of "net neutrality" marked a victory for internet service providers like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon Communications and hands them power over what content consumers can access. Consumer advocates and trade groups representing content providers plan to legally challenge the move.



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Alphabet's X Sells New Wireless Internet Technology to Indian State
Alphabet's X Sells New Wireless Internet Technology to Indian State - Fortune
Increasing Internet access in developing countries could be key to the company's growth.

India outlook for 2018 stable; telecom, realty a drag, say Moody's
India outlook for 2018 stable; telecom, realty a drag, say Moody's - VCCircle
Telecom sector of India received a negative outlook from the Moody's Investors Service, which said that intense competition and heavy debt loads continue to pressure cash flows, ultimately driving consolidation activity towards a three player market.   On the other hand Moody's Indian affiliate ICRA has stable outlooks on the passenger vehicle, construction, cement, and textiles sectors.   

Satellite tech to make broadband more affordable: Manoj Sinha, telecom minister
Satellite tech to make broadband more affordable: Manoj Sinha, telecom minister - Gadgets Now
New Delhi, Dec 13 () Modern satellite technologies are likely to make broadband services more affordable, Telecom Minister Manoj Sinha said today.

Even as TRAI backs Net Neutrality in India, FCC to vote today to scrap open Internet in the US
Even as TRAI backs Net Neutrality in India, FCC to vote today to scrap open Internet in the US - Exchange4Media
The US FCC is expected to vote on December 14 to scrap the landmark net neutrality rules championed by former US President Barack Obama in 2015

DTH arm stake sale to help Bharti fight Reliance Jio
DTH arm stake sale to help Bharti fight Reliance Jio - Economic Times
Post the deal, Airtel will own 80 percent stake in the DTH arm.

Satellite tech to make Bharat Net broadband more affordable: Telecom minister
Satellite tech to make Bharat Net broadband more affordable: Telecom minister - The Indian Express
Telecom Minister Manoj SInha has said that the second phase of the Bharat Net project will see the use of satellite technology, to help provide more affordable broadband.

Consumer connections from a telecom man's lens
Consumer connections from a telecom man's lens - Campaign India
This is part 3 of our series: '2017 in rear view, 2018 on the wind shield

Moody's outlook for Indian corporate sectors stable; Telecom gets negative rating
Moody's outlook for Indian corporate sectors stable; Telecom gets negative rating - Zee Business
Telecom sector of India received a negative outlook from the Moody's Investors Service, which said that intense competition and heavy debt loads continue to pressure cash flows, ultimately driving consolidation activity towards a three player market.   On the other hand Moody's Indian affiliate ICRA has stable outlooks on the passenger vehicle, construction, cement, and textiles sectors.   

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