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Call drops may invite penalties for service providers

The frequent call drops which mobile phone users face today may soon invite a penalty for service providers, Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Tuesday, while announcing free roaming facility by the state-run national telecom provider BSNL from June 15.

The minister, talking to media persons on the completion of one year of Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s government, said the issue of net neutrality was being discussed internally in his ministry and the union cabinet will take a final decision soon.

“Call drops need to get minimised. We are in discussion for a structure to incentivise or disincentives it,” Prasad said, when asked what the government was doing to check this irritant.

The minister said there were many on-going campaigns regarding the adverse impact of mobile tower radiation. “If someone comes to me with a problem, I am ready to look at it….”

But he mentioned that if people complained about the ill effect of mobile towers and asked for pulling them down, then they should not be complaining about call drops, as both things do not go hand-in-hand.

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