Big win for Net Neutrality: Internet service providers can’t be discriminatory, TRAI recommends

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Updated: November 28, 2017 12:29:48 PM

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on Tuesday recommended that the internet service providers cannot be discriminatory in providing internet access as it is an open platform.

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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on Tuesday recommended that the internet service providers cannot be discriminatory in providing internet access as it is an open platform based on the Constitutional right of equality.  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.

The Trai’s recommendations have come at a time when there is a debate raging over Net neutrality globally. The US regulator, Federal Communications Commission, has said recently that it plans to roll back the “Net neutrality” rules the were adopted in America in 2015.

When asked about status of consultation on over-the-top (OTT) service providers offering calls and messaging service using Internet like whatsapp, skype and viber, Sharma said that the recommendations on Net neutrality should be able to provide some of the answers to issues around OTT players and VoIP (Voice over Internet protocol) calls.

OTT refers to applications and services which are accessible over the Internet. They ride on operator networks offering Internet access services such as social networks, search engines and video aggregation sites.

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