Delhi High Court raises the (SMS) roof

16 Jul 2012

The Delhi High Court has removed the maximum number of non-commercial SMS that may be sent per day, the Hindu reports. The court eliminated the ceiling, previously set at 200 SMS per SIM per day, saying that the measure ‘infringes on the freedom of speech of the citizens.’ The limit had been introduced by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to combat unsolicited ‘spam’ messages. The court ruled that in its current form, the regulation is unreasonable and violates freedom of speech laws, however the court invited the TRIA to propose ‘more appropriate regulations’. The ceiling remains in place for commercial SMS messages.