Internet remain free and fair in India as net neutrality gets government nod

TRAI had recommended restrictions on service providers from entering into agreements which lead to discriminatory treatment of content on the internet.

Net neutrality rules bar service providers from discriminating against internet content and services by blocking, throttling or granting them higher speed access.

Neighbourhood Technology Desk/Avi Arya: Internet access in India will remain unfettered with the government accepting the telecom regulator’s recommendations to introduce one of the strongest net neutrality protections in the world. Net neutrality requires service providers to treat all internet traffic equally and prohibits discrimination in the treatment of content, including practices such as degrading, slowing down or granting preferential speeds.

Trai had backed the basic principles of an open and free internet in its recommendations on net neutrality sent to the telecom department in November. It’s been suggested that Internet of Things (IoT), as a class of services, shouldn’t be excluded from the scope of restriction on non-discriminatory treatment but certain critical services should be exempt from these rules.


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