India Has Now the World’s ‘Most Comprehensive’ Net Neutrality

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Everyone thought that California had already created the toughest net neutrality principles, but there is nothing more sinewy than India’s open internet rules.

The Telecom Regulatory Association of India (TRAI) has established some recommendations. The Telecom Commission has acknowledged the endorsement while India’s internet shall be regulated by the rules of net neutrality. It connotes that ISPs are forbidden to block, throttle, or create “fast” or “slow” lanes.

The country’s recognition of the open internet rules is considered a huge feather in a cap, especially for its proponents. Likewise, the government’s approval is noteworthy considering that the US net neutrality rules had already expired last month. The 2015 Open Internet Order (Title II) has been replaced by the Restore Internet Freedom Order under FCC Chairman Ajit Pai. He, along with his federal agency voted to repeal Obama-era net neutrality rules in December. In turn, ISPs in the US has now the freedom to block, throttle, or discriminate internet traffic as long as they disclose such practices.

Based on TRAI’s primary recommended open internet rules last November, the discrimination of website content is strictly constrained. It indicates that broadband providers should not impose extra fees for watching Netflix with a high-speed connection. Under the law, ISPs cannot establish “slow” or “fast” lanes and charge extra bucks. Also, zero-rating packages are still prohibited in India.

Net Neutrality Exceptions in India

India’s net neutrality is tougher compared to the US, but for every rule, there is an exception and not just one. The Telecom Commission has exempted some derogatory applications and services from the rule’s umbrella such as autonomous cars and remote surgery. The regulator’s recommendation also made content delivery networks (CDN) out of the open internet’s concept. CDNs consent a telco to distribute content on their network devoid of accessing the public internet. India’s biggest 4G network such as Airtel and Reliance Jio are into this practice and users must be on the corresponding network for content access.

India’s net neutrality is tougher compared to the US but for every rule, there is an exception and not just one. The Telecom Commission has exempted some derogatory applications and services from the rule’s umbrella such as autonomous cars and remote surgery. The regulator’s recommendation also made content delivery networks (CDN) out of the open internet’s concept. CDNs consent a telco to distribute content on their network devoid of accessing the public internet. India’s biggest 4G network such as Airtel and Reliance Jio are into this practice and users must be on the corresponding network for content access.

“This is a very strong deterrent that has been created for net neutrality violations. Unlike the US, where the FCC has gone back and is essentially opposing net neutrality, India has now the strongest net neutrality regulations in the world,” said India’s Save the Internet co-founder Nikhil Pahwa.

The Decenternet platform strongly agrees that all internet traffic should be treated equally. ISPs must not discriminate contents and decide who will be the winners or losers online. Besides, it should not create “slow” or “fast” lanes and encourage paid prioritization.

Decenternet itself knows the importance of an open internet that’s why it provides users with boundless access to different sites. This makes consumers enjoy communicating freely online without any worries that their personal information will be compromised as well.

 


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