Net Neutrality rules, new telecom policy approved by Telecom Commission

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In a move that will guarantee open and free Internet in India, the government has affirmed the rule of net neutrality. This implies telecom and Internet service providers must treat all information on the Internet similarly, and not segregate or charge differently by client, content, webpage, stage, or application. They can’t participate in practices, for example, blocking, backing off or conceding special paces to any content.

The Telecom Commission (TC), which is the most elevated decision making body in the Department of Telecom, on Wednesday endorsed the proposal made by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) regarding the matter eight months back. “The TC today [Wednesday] approved net neutrality as recommended by TRAI”, said the Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan after the gathering. She, be that as it may, included that specific rising and basic administrations will be kept out of the domain of these standards.

A different board of trustees has been set up under the Department of Telecom (DoT) to look at what these basic administrations will be. These may incorporate digital healthcare services, independent vehicles or disaster management.

TRAI had prescribed limitations on service providers from going into understandings which prompt unfair treatment of substance on the Internet. The commission likewise affirmed the new telecom strategy – National Digital Communications Policy 2018.

This rule, it had included, will apply to any unfair treatment in light of the sender or receiver, the network protocols, or the user equipment, but not to specialized services or other exclusions. It had likewise said that these won’t matter to “reasonable traffic management practices” by the service provider.

To execute Net neutrality, the regulator had suggested that the terms of license agreement that oversee the arrangement of Internet services in India be changed “to consolidate the standards of non-discriminatory treatment of content alongside the proper avoidances and exceptions.”

An official, who was a part of the gathering, said that the commission has affirmed establishment of around 12.5 lakh WiFi hotspot in all gram panchayats with practicality gap funding of around Rs 6,000 crore by December 2018.

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