The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on Monday said that tariff for data services cannot vary on the basis of the website/ application/ platform/ or type of content being accessed.

"No service provider shall enter into any arrangement or contract that has the effect of discriminatory tariffs for data services," a Trai statement said. 

"Prohibition of discriminatory tariff is necessary to ensure that service providers continue to fulfill obligations in keeping internet open and non-discriminatory," Trai chairman RS Sharma said as he came down heavily against differential pricing.

"Anything on the internet cannot be differentially priced. Everything on Internet is price agnostic and nobody can beat that. This regulation comes into effect from today," he declared.

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This comes amid an ongoing debate over net neutrality in the country.

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