Eight months later, after India’s Telecom regulator has advocated the principle of network neutrality, Ministry of telecommunication (DoT) has agreed to accept. About it reports The Wire.
The recommendations suggested by the Office of the telecommunications regulatory authority of India (TRAI) in November 2017, prohibit providers of Internet services (ISP) to participate in “any form of discrimination or interference.”
Internet service providers also can not “block, to damage, slow down or provide preferential speed” in relation to online content.
On Wednesday, the telecommunications Commission (TC), the body that takes the most important decisions within the DoT, has adopted a new neutrality rules, a new policy in the field of telecommunications and many other proposals that were put forward for discussion.
Exceptions and exemptions
“TC today approved network neutrality recommended by TRAI. Now licensing agreements (with service providers) need to change, they will obey the principles of network neutrality,” — said the representative of the TC Aruna sundarajan, noting that some services would not be regulated by the Commission.
Exclusion provoked a storm of criticism. When last year the regulator has accepted the recommendations, he identified two categories of services, freeing them from the rules of net neutrality. The first are “critical IoT services”, and the second “specialized services”.
In the past the head of TRAI Sharma said that under the “specialized services” means quality of service. He compared them with the ambulance, which allowed in certain cases to break the rules of the road. Among other exceptions – remote surgery, Autonomous vehicles and the wired network.
In 2017, the regulator has suggested DoT to prescribe rules of net neutrality in the license agreement, which all Internet providers must sign.
This amendment to the license agreements stated in the TRAI, “to clarify the principle of unrestricted access.” If Internet service providers and operators to violate the rules of net neutrality, the regulator may cancel their license agreement.
Priority traffic: industry refers to the Cabinet of Ministers
In the past two years, many have challenged net neutrality. While stakeholders and civil society activists accepted the recommendations of TRAI, most of the Telecom companies said that it will hamper innovation.
The cellular Association of India (COAI) on Wednesday expressed concern over the prioritization of traffic and innovation 5G. “We believe that we need to simplify the rules of net neutrality, not to interfere with innovation,” — says the statement of the Director General of COAI Rajan Mathews. In particular, COAI believe that the branch activities in respect of priority traffic needs to be revised to “encourage the emergence of 5G”.
New Telecom policy
Telecommunications Commission on Wednesday formally approved the new national Telecom policy. “National policy for digital communications” aimed at creating new jobs and attracting investment (more than $ 100 billion) in India by 2022. The document was sent for approval to the Cabinet of Ministers.
“National policy for digital communications,” also caused controversy over the proposal to revoke the license or permit simplified licensing. In the centre of the current dispute – frequency bands “E” and “V” that the modi government is trying to distribute without an auction according to the principle “first come, first received”.
In accordance with section 1.2 of the draft policy, the government has requested public comments on “a simplified licensing/de-licensing to distribute broadband access.” De-licensing involves the allocation of frequency bands without the auction.