TRAI releases recommendations on Net Neutrality
In February last year, TRAI addressed a part of Net neutrality which was under its jurisdiction. It ...
In February last year, TRAI addressed a part of Net neutrality which was under its jurisdiction. It barred platforms like Facebook's Internet.Org and Airtel Zero which allowed free access to select websites to check 'gate-keeping' in cyber space. TRAI's recommendations come at a time when there is a debate raging globally over net neutrality.
Its consultation paper on the subject floated in January this year had majorly focused on network speed so that telecom operators do not use it for any preferences or prevent access to any website or service like voice calls which requires decent net speed. Supporters of Net neutrality back the principle that the entire Internet traffic should be available to everyone on equal terms without any discrimination based on business considerations of service providers.
"The discriminatory treatment in the context of treatment of content would include any form of discrimination, restriction or interference in the treatment of content including practices like blocking, degrading, slowing down or granting preferential speeds or treatment to any content," TRAI said.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has also favoured tweaking of licencing norms of players to ensure that "explicit restrictions" on discrimination in Internet access based on content.
Issuing the recommendations on Net neutrality, TRAI has also suggested a multi-stakeholder body comprising telecom and Internet service providers, content providers, civil society organisation and consumer representatives for monitoring and investigation of violations. "Service providers should be restricted from entering into any arrangement, agreement or contract by whatever name called... that has the effect of discriminatory treatment based on content...," it said.
Telecom regulator TRAI on Tuesday proposed restrictions on service providers from entering into agreements which lead to discriminatory treatment of content on the Internet.
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