Telecom panel backs internet neutrality

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Net neutrality means free and open internet for all.

And this collaboration between Trai and Berec came at the right time for net neutrality - four days after open internet rules expired in the United States, legally allowing American ISPs to slow down, block or even offer paid prioritisation to some websites.

The Department of Telecom (DoT) on Wednesday approved net neutrality rules recommended by Trai that debar internet and telecom service providers from blocking or throttling content or services or granting greater speed access to a select few. She, however, suggested that certain emerging and critical apps will be kept out of these norms.

A committee has been set up by the Department of Telecom (DoT) to examine what will be termed as critical service.

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Meanwhile, in other net neutrality news, the latest probable addition to the US Supreme Court, Brett Kavanaugh wrote in a 2017 decision that "net neutrality is unlawful and must be vacated". Internet service providers (ISP) often tend to discriminate against websites that do not invest much in them or give them good traffic.

Supporters of Net Neutrality are rejoicing because Govt. has made a decision to stop discrimination of Internet usage in India. And in an ironic twist, big brother will be watching so that these companies do not mess with your and my freedom to read and view what we want to on the internet, provided its legal.

The reason why the government has estimated $100 billion of investment in the telecom sector is to provide the infrastructure that can satisfy aspirations of billions of Indians, said Aruna Sundararajan, telecom secretary. Services that will be excluded from net neutrality rules include systems critical to the operations of businesses or organisations - known as mission critical systems - as well as remote surgery procedures and autonomous cars.

Moreover, Singh said the "horizontal separation of wholesale and retail" is a must if we are to aim for real net neutrality, as it would not allow integration of services with carriage, and actually create a level-playing field.

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. The government ultimately blocked the "Free Basics" program in early 2016, on the grounds that it violated net neutrality.

Sundararajan also told the publication that internet traffic management by mobile companies will be monitored under the new regime. This "multi-provider, inter-operable, collaborative model increases the overall innovation in the system, dismantles monopolies and encourages passing of benefits to end user", the telecom regulator has said.