The government has approved the principle of net neutrality. The Telecom Commission (TC) — which is the highest decision-making body in the Department of Telecom, on Wednesday approved the recommendation made by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on the subject eight months ago.
This means that telecom and Internet service providers must treat all data on the Internet equally, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, site, platform, or application.
A separate committee has been set up under the Department of Telecom (DoT) to examine what these critical services will be.
The regulator had said, “Internet access services should be governed by a principle that restricts any form of discrimination or interference in the treatment of content, including practices like blocking, degrading, slowing down or granting preferential speeds or treatment to any content.”
This principle, it had added, will apply to any discriminatory treatment based on the sender or receiver, the network protocols, or the user equipment, but not to specialized services or other exclusions. It had also said that these will not apply to “reasonable traffic management practices” by the service provider.
Telecom Commission approves net neutrality. It has further recommended establishing a multi-stakeholder not-for-profit body for the monitoring and enforcement of these principles.