• search

Net neutrality: TRAI against discrimination of content on internet

By Pti
Subscribe to Oneindia News
For Quick Alerts
Subscribe Now
For Quick Alerts
ALLOW NOTIFICATIONS
For Daily Alerts

    New Delhi, November 28:  Telecom regulator Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on Tuesday proposed restrictions on service providers from entering into agreements which lead to discriminatory treatment of content on the Internet.

    TRAI against discrimination of content on internet

    Issuing the recommendations on Net neutrality, Trai has also suggested a multi-stakeholder body comprising telecom and Internet service providers, content providers, civil society organisation and consumer representatives for monitoring and investigation of violations.

    "Service providers should be restricted from entering into any arrangement, agreement or contract by whatever name called... that has the effect of discriminatory treatment based on content...," it said.

    The  (Trai) has also favoured tweaking of licencing norms of players to ensure that "explicit restrictions" on discrimination in Internet access based on content.

    "The discriminatory treatment in the context of treatment of content would include any form of discrimination, restriction or interference in the treatment of content including practices like blocking, degrading, slowing down or granting preferential speeds or treatment to any content," Trai said.

    Its consultation paper on the subject floated in January this year had majorly focused on network speed so that telecom operators do not use it for any preferences or prevent access to any website or service like voice calls which requires decent net speed.

    Supporters of Net neutrality back the principle that the entire Internet traffic should be available to everyone on equal terms without any discrimination based on business considerations of service providers. In February last year, Trai addressed a part of Net neutrality which was under its jurisdiction.

    It barred platforms like Facebook's Internet.Org and Airtel Zero which allowed free access to select websites to check 'gate-keeping' in cyberspace. Trai's recommendations come at a time when there is a debate raging globally over net neutrality.

    The US regulator, Federal Communications Commission, has said recently that it plans to roll back the "net neutrality" rules that were adopted in America in 2015 and voting on the issue is scheduled in December.

    PTI 

    For Breaking News from Oneindia
    Get instant news updates throughout the day.

    X
    We use cookies to ensure that we give you the best experience on our website. This includes cookies from third party social media websites and ad networks. Such third party cookies may track your use on Oneindia sites for better rendering. Our partners use cookies to ensure we show you advertising that is relevant to you. If you continue without changing your settings, we'll assume that you are happy to receive all cookies on Oneindia website. However, you can change your cookie settings at any time. Learn more