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TRAI recommendations back net neutrality, Internet services to remain non-discriminatory

TRAI recommendations back net neutrality, Internet services to remain non-discriminatory

The much awaited recommendations of telecom regulator TRAI on net neutrality is now out.

According to what the TRAI has recommended, the Internet services should be non-discriminatory.

TRAI recommendations for a net neutrality framework in India follow the release of a consultation paper in January this year that asked stakeholders for their views on the requirements, design, scope, and implementation of such a framework in the country.

The regulators recommendations have taken into account the 61 comments and 8 counter comments it received on the paper, apart from three open house discussions.

In its recommendations, TRAI reiterates the DoT (Department of Telecom) committee’s recommendations from May 2015 that had said all TSPs (telecom service providers) providing Internet services in India must be bound to the “core principles” of net neutrality.

The regulator says no ISP (Internet service provider) can engage in any discrimination or interference in the treatment of content, including practices like blocking, degrading, slowing down, or granting preferential speeds or treatment.

Content has been defined to include “content, applications, services and any other data, including its end-point information, which can be accessed or transmitted over the Internet.”

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