TRAI Releases Recommendations on Net Neutrality: Your 10-Point Cheatsheet

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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.

Last week, USA federal communications commission chairman Ajit Pai, appointed by Donald Trump in January, unveiled plans to rescind so-called net neutrality rules championed by former President Barack Obama that treated internet service providers like public utilities. Internet today is a great platform for innovation, banking, public services, government applications such as tele-medicine, health, education, agriculture.

The first being the recommendation sent to the Department of Telecom, which requires subsequent action by both the department as well as relevant ministry to make binding rules to protect Net Neutrality. "No one owns Internet.so, it should be open and accessible to everyone", Sharma said, suggesting that service providers should not indulge in gate-keeping of this important platform.

TRAI said that "implementation of any order of a court or direction issued by the Government, in accordance with law" would take precedence over any of its net neutrality related recommendations.

"We will be bringing out Net neutrality recommendations tomorrow".

"'Discriminatory treatment' shall 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.

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The regulatory body has also proposed restrictions on service providers from entering into agreements which lead to discriminatory treatment of content on the Internet.

Indian telecom regulator TRAI has released its recommendations on "Net Neutrality". Essentially, what we are saying is if telecom service providers have charged for data, then they should just do data relaying.

"The authority has recommended an amendment to the license agreements to clarify the principle of unrestricted access given under the appropriate license agreements". Services where quality is extremely critical. He should have the freedom to exercise traffic management practices. They also say that any service provider or platform allowed to offer some content as cheaper or faster is conferred with risky amounts of power in gate-keeping.

Consequently, at that time, TRAI barred discriminatory pricing of data services, including zero-rated plans such as Facebook's Free Basics and Airtel Zero, tackling net neutrality from a tariff perspective.

We have recommended the changes in the licence and other provisions, therefore whatever will be the penalties for violating the licensing conditions will also be applicable here.

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