India approves the new Net Neutrality rules

Donna Miller
July 12, 2018

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".

"Any deviations and violations of the rules of net neutrality - which come into effect nearly immediately - will be met with stiff penalties", telecom secretary Aruna Sundarajan told Indian reporters.

In India, the debate started in 2015 when companies like Airtel, Facebook, Reliance and Flipkart launched plans effectively removing neutrality.

The inter-ministerial Telecom Commission Wednesday cleared the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's (Trai) suggestions on net-neutrality that bar service providers from discriminating against internet content and services by blocking, throttling or granting them higher speed access. It had then suggested that Internet of Things (IoT), as a class of services, should not be excluded from the scope of restriction on non-discriminatory treatment but certain critical services should be exempt from these rules. Some mission critical applications or services like remote surgery and autonomous cars will, however, be kept out of the purview of net neutrality framework.

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DoT will also frame a policy on traffic management practices for service providers and separately set up a body of industry representatives and civil society to monitor and enforce net neutrality norms.

Telecom Commission has also approved the new telecom policy, namely the National Digital Communications Policy 2018 and will now be taken to the Union Cabinet for the final approval, Sundararajan said.

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

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