Dreamers Achieve Success: The TRAI Stand on Net Neutrality

The TRAI Stand on Net Neutrality

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In my previous blog article Net Neutrality - will it become a dream of past? , I have highlighted the importance of net neutrality for the open free internet access.

On 27 March 2015, Trai has issued a consultation paper titled "Regulatory Framework for Over-The-Top Service".

The consultation paper also touched issues related to net neutrality.The consultation paper on net neutrality by Trai can be found at this link.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had barred telecom service providers from charging differential rates for data services, effectively prohibiting Facebook’s Free Basics and Airtel Zero platform by Airtel in their current form.

  • No service provider can offer or charge discriminatory tariffs for data services on the basis of content.
  • No service provider shall enter into any arrangement, agreement or contract, by whatever name called, with any person, natural or legal, that the effect of discriminatory tariffs for data services being offered or charged by the service provider for the purpose of evading the prohibition in this regulation.
  • Reduced tariff for accessing or providing emergency services, or at times of public emergency has been permitted.
  • Financial disincentives for contravention of the regulation have also been specified

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has come out in favor of net neutrality in its recommendation paper released on 28 Nov 2017.

The Trai has mandated that Internet Service Providers should not deploy any discriminatory practices such as blocking, degrading or slowing down of certain web traffic while giving preferential treatment to any specific content at the same time.

The Trai made the decision after a series of consultations with stakeholders between 30 May 2016 and 4 January 2017.

The paper also suggests the formation of a regulatory body to watch and deal with any such violation of net neutrality.

The press release notification on the recommendations of net neutrality can be downloaded here.

As net neutrality provides a level-playing field to content providers and startups, we welcome the decision made by Trai and hope net neutrality will not become a dream of past.

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