On Wednesday, the recommendation regarding net neutrality which was made by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) eight months ago has been approved by The Telecom Commission (TC). “The TC today [Wednesday] approved net neutrality as recommended by TRAI,” Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said after the meeting.
As per our recent resources, certain steps have been taken by the government in order to provide net neutrality in our country. As per net neutrality, the telecom and Internet service providers will have to ensure that all the data should be treated equally over the internet. Which means that that telecom and Internet service providers can not charge users differently in terms of content, site, platform, or application. Besides this, activities such as blocking and decreasing speeds regarding different plans provided by the ISP’s will not be performed any more by them.
Besides this, Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan said that certain exemptions regarding critical services will be kept away from the norms and conditions of net neutrality. And in order to scrutinize these critical services, a committee has already been set up under the Department of Telecom (DoT). It has also been heard that the services may include autonomous vehicles, digital healthcare services or disaster management.
A news says that past 4 years the topic regarding net neutrality has always remained the hottest topic for the debate in India. And the regulator has to fight a lot in November 2017 in the favour of the same.
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.”
The regulator has further clarified that the laws regarding net neutrality will be applied to all the discretions that have been made regarding the facilities provided by the Internet service provider which will include discriminatory treatment based on the sender or receiver and the network protocols, but certain special services will be exempted from the same. The regulator further said that these norms won’t be applicable to certain “reasonable traffic management practices” provided by the service provider.
Regarding this, the regulator had recommended that in order to implement the net neutrality in the country, there is a need to change in the terms of licence agreements that govern the provision of Internet services in India.