In a major relief for the advocates of the net neutrality in India, the telecom commission on Wednesday approved rules that bar service providers from discriminating against internet content and services.
Some mission critical applications or services such as remote surgery and autonomous cars, however, will be kept out of the purview of net neutrality framework.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had recommended restrictions on service providers from entering into agreements, which lead to discriminatory treatment of content on the Internet.
The Telecom Commission also approved the new telecom policy — National Digital Communications Policy, 2018.
This is aimed at seeking approval of the Union Cabinet, it was informed.
An official who was part of the meeting said the TC has approved installation of around 12.5 lakh WiFi hotspots in all gram panchayats with viability gap funding of around Rs 6,000 crore by December 2018.>