India Just Backed Net Neutrality

India Just Backed Net Neutrality

India Just Backed Net Neutrality

If adopted by the Modi government, Internet service providers would not be able to engage in practices such as "blocking, degrading, slowing down or granting preferential speeds or treatment to any content".

Trai had partially addressed the topic of Net neutrality in February 2016 when it ruled in favour of prohibiting discriminatory tariffs for data.

This recommendation would restrict any form of discrimination or interference in the treatment of content because of telecom regulators entering into partnerships with third party platforms like Flipkart, Amazon or Netflix.

"The use of Internet should be facilitated in such a manner that it advances the free speech rights of citizens, by ensuring plurality and diversity of views, opinions and ideas", recommended TRAI.

In its recommendation order, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has indicated that these principles of non-discrimination and equal access can be brought into force with amendments to the license agreements that govern bodies which provide Internet services in India.

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In India, the whole debate over net neutrality erupted in 2015 when Trai came out with a consultation paper on the regulatory framework for over-the-top services. It has clarified specialised services are not allowed as a replacement for Internet Access Services and the provision of the "specialised services is not detrimental to the availability and overall quality of Internet Access Service". "No one owns Internet, so, it should be open and accessible to everyone", Sharma said.

The telecom regulator on Tuesday upheld the basic principles of net neutrality, and prohibited internet service providers from making any discrimination in internet access.

"Networks should not prefer one content over other.should not block or offer fast lane (to certain content)", he said.

However, Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) Director General Rajan Mathews said the suggestion to form a committee to review and decide on network management violations is "unnecessarily bureaucratic", and not in keeping with "light touch regulation or the ease of doing business". The Union minister for communications and telecom secretary are required to indicate whether the government of India accepts the independent regulator's recommendations and to announce how they plan to implement them.

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