Net Neutrality Has Been Approved By Telecom Commission

Net Neutrality Has Been Approved By Telecom Commission

Net Neutrality Has Been Approved By Telecom Commission(representational image)

New Delhi: The rules of net neutrality has been approved by Telecom Commission (TC). The rules restrict the service providers from discriminating against Internet content and services either by blocking, throttling or granting them higher speed access. However, mission critical applications or services like remote surgery and autonomous cars will be spared of net neutrality framework. In India, the fight for net neutrality trended a great deal in 2016, when Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had floated a consultation paper on the topic.

Aruna Sundararajan, The telecom secretary told reporters, "The Telecom Commission today approved net neutrality as recommended by TRAI, except some critical services will be kept out of its purview."

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Restrictions on service providers were recommended by TRAI, from entering into agreements which lead to discriminatory treatment of content on the Internet. The new telecom policy, was also approved by TC  - National Digital Communications Policy 2018 - for seeking approval of the Union Cabinet, Sundararajan said.

She said, "Everybody in the meeting today said that digital infrastructure is even more important than physical infrastructure for India. CEO of NITI Aayog (Amitabh Kant) said that for...districts, we must ensure digital infrastructure is provided at the earliest. Therefore, India must have ease of doing business and enabling policy environment."

The TC has approved installation of around 12.5 lakh Wi-Fi hotspot in all gram panchayats with viability gap funding of around Rs. 6,000 crores by December 2018 as stated by an official who was a part of the meeting.

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