India approves the new Net Neutrality rules

Net neutrality new policy gets Telecom Commission's green light

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It had also said that these would not apply to "reasonable traffic management practices" by the service provider.

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

India has reportedly approved net neutrality rules.

The report details a handful of exceptions to the net neutrality rules, which includes "new and emerging" services such as autonomous driving and tele-medicine or remote-diagnostic services, which by their nature could require prioritised internet lanes and speeds faster than normal.

In order to ensure that they do, proponents say, the government needs to regulate the internet. On the other hand, the US Federal Communications Commission has repealed the 2015 laws that aimed at upholding the broad principle of neutrality, giving consumers equal access to web content, and barring broadband providers from blocking or slowing access to content, or charging consumers more for certain types of content.

The Department of Telecommunications didn't immediately respond to a request for comment.

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"The internet today is a great platform for innovation, startups, banking, government applications such as health, telemedicine, education and agriculture", TRAI's chairman, RS Sharma, said at the time.

India is expected to have 500 million internet users by June.

"Internet access services should be governed by a principle that restricts any form of discrimination or interference in the treatment of content", the new Indian regulations state.

The regulator, in November 2017, batted in favour of Net neutrality. "It is important that this platform be kept open and free and not cannibalised".

The fight for net neutrality in India was a hot topic in 2016, when Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had floated a consultation paper on the topic.

Internet service providers who break the rules could lose their licenses to operate in India. "Unlike the USA, where the FCC has gone back and is essentially opposing net neutrality, India has now the strongest net neutrality regulations in the world", he added. That's the question at the heart of net neutrality, and here's everything you need to know about it.

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