Centre approves telecom authority’s recommendations on net neutrality

Joanna Estrada
July 12, 2018

From today onward, ISPs can not perform actions involving "blocking, degrading, slowing down or granting preferential speeds or treatment to any content", per The Wire's report. On the other hand, the US Federal Communications Commission has repealed the 2015 laws that aimed at upholding the broad principle of neutrality, giving consumers equal access to web content, and barring broadband providers from blocking or slowing access to content, or charging consumers more for certain types of content.

India has reportedly approved net neutrality rules.

To implement Net neutrality, the regulator had recommended that the terms of licence agreements that govern the provision of Internet services in India be amended "to incorporate the principles of non-discriminatory treatment of content along with the appropriate exclusions and exceptions".

"In the age of autonomous vehicles and remote diagnostic surgery, you need to prioritize (the speed of) certain kinds of traffic so those categories of critical services which will be subsequently notified by the DoT will be kept out (of net neutrality norms) and that is in line with global practices; everything else will conform to core principles of net neutrality", Sundararjan said. So-called "critical IoT services" and "specialised services" are exempt from the new rules, according to TRAI secretary Aruna Sundarajan. Along with this, the apex decision-making panel of the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) also cleared the National Digital Communications Policy 2018, and the department will now seek the Cabinet's approval to notify the same. "Therefore, India must have ease of doing business and enabling policy environment", she said.

The Commission also gave its nod to install 12.5 lakh Wi-Fi hotspots in all gram panchayats.

Other reports by Click Lancashire

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