In a move that will ensure free and open Internet in India, the government has approved the principle of Net neutrality.
According to the new rules, telecom and Internet service providers must treat all data on the Internet equally, and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, site, platform, or application. They cannot engage in practices such as blocking, slowing down or granting preferential speeds to any content.
The Telecom Commission (TC), the highest decision-making body in the Department of Telecom approved the recommendation made eight months ago by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on the subject. Besides, a separate committee has been set up under the Department of Telecom (DoT) to examine what these critical services will be. These may include autonomous vehicles, digital healthcare services or disaster management.