The Telecom Commissionaire of India has agreed to the amendments made by the regulating body Telecom Regulatory Association of India (TRAI). So from now, rules of net neutrality will govern India’s Internet.
ISP’s without net neutrality, blocked websites, slow internet speeds, extra service charge? How about no? Net neutrality allows users to access the internet without the meddling of (Internet Service Providers) ISP’s. ISP’s can now no longer differentiate against internet service and content by bestowing them with higher speed admission, throttling, or blocking them.
India’s approval of Net Neutrality marks a big success in terms of open Internet crusade, especially when Net Neutrality rules terminated last month in the United States. The US Federal Communications (FCC) disapproved net neutrality in November 2017. As a result, slowing down the internet speed, blocking, or offering paid prioritization is no longer considered illegal for the ISPs. This has ultimately led to a reversal of pro-Net Neutrality rules.
What should Indians Expect from Net Neutrality?
- No more discriminatory treatment of content
Your internet service provider or ISP cannot charge you additionally for viewing videos on YouTube at high speed. The new rules have stripped ISPs from the advantage of charging extra for viewing particular kind of content or creating expeditious data lanes.
- Free access to Facebook is illegal
Facebook Free Basics where certain content like Facebook is provided for free will remain proscribed in India. Th recommendations also note the usage of the internet should be aided so that it facilitates the right of free speech of citizens, by guaranteeing diversity of views, ideas, opinions, and plurality.
Exemptions of Net Neutrality
Some mission-critical services like autonomous cars, content delivery network (CDN), and remote surgery are out of the framework of TRAI.
Telecom companies can deliver their content without accessing the public internet on CDNs network.
Companies like Reliance Jio and Airtel are doing this. For accessing the content provided by the telecom companies, the user has been on the respective network.
The officials recommended barring ISPs into pacts that lead to biased treatment of content. TRAI also advised that Internet of Things (IoT) should not be exclusively debarred from the purview of the limitations on unprejudiced treatment.
Only specific services are exempted from Net Neutrality rules, especially if these services are unusable, or can be replaced with Internet Access Services. However, TRAI has granted permission for certain other legal purposes and some other traffic management practices only if they maintain transparency during interventions.
Violation of the fundamentals will lead to two staged procedure of and appeal. Before introducing any new tariff plans, firstly it would be checked against the fundamentals of net neutrality and secondly, Trai will also continue to regulate traffic.