In a move that will ensure open and free Internet in India, the government has approved the principle of net neutrality. ISP's can now no longer differentiate against internet service and content by bestowing them with higher speed admission, throttling, or blocking them. Once, net neutrality comes into play, they cannot degrade, slow down or grant preferential speeds to any website or online service.
Under this service providers will be prohibited from discriminating against Internet services and content by throttling, blocking or granting them higher speed access.
"Any deviations and violations of the rules of net neutrality - which come into effect nearly immediately - will be met with stiff penalties", Aruna Sundarajan, telecom secretary, told TOI.
The government says a committee will look into the possible exceptions for "critical services" that will keep the basic guidelines of net neutrality in view. The fight for net neutrality in India was a hot topic in 2016, when Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had floated a consultation paper on the topic.More news: Sprint introduces two new unlimited plans, sunsets Unlimited Freedom
TRAI recommendations also stand against zero-rating plans which lets an ISP give free services to some customers.
In November, TRAI held firm on its net neutrality stance. To use other services, users would have had to pay additional charges.
As for the "non-level playing field" argument, these private telecom companies in question are huge multinationals, and comparing them to the PDO aggregators - who would retail internet to a thousand or more PDOs - is not valid to begin with, but more on that in a bit.
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The telecom department plans to launch 10,000 such WiFi hotspots across the country in a month, it was reported last month, after the success of its pilot project floated in October previous year that saw 603 WiFi hotspots in different parts of the country.
Internet service providers are now expected to treat all internet traffic equally, without any discrimination regarding content. The DoT will also be framing a policy on net neutrality traffic management. The decision that came in June in the United States paves the way for service providers to slow down or block particular content for users.
The Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI) has, however, recommended that the government review traffic prioritisation policies in the country for 5G-enabled devices and applications. After a campaign The Logical Indian ran on social media that lasted for months, 70 Lakh responses were sent to TRAI in support of Net Neutrality.
Telecom companies can deliver their content without accessing the public internet on CDNs network.More news: Game of Thrones’ Peter Dinklage just made Emmys history