New telecom policy
The government has approved the principle of net neutrality to make Internet open and free in India. Recommendation
made by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), 8 months back are approved by the The Telecom Commission
(TC), the highest decision-making body in the Department of Telecom.
Some critical services like autonomous vehicles, digital healthcare services or disaster management etc are
kept outside the purview of these norms and a separate committee has been set up under the Department of Telecom
(DoT) to examine what these critical services will be.
What is meaning of Net neutrality
Under "Net neutrality" a telecom and Internet service providers have to treat all data on the
Internet equally; that means the provider will not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, site,
platform, or application. Blocking, slowing down or granting preferential speeds to any content is also not permitted to
Under an "open Internet" schema, the full resources of the Internet and means to operate on it
should be easily accessible to all individuals, companies, and organisations.
Network neutrality requires all Internet service providers (ISPs) to provide the same level of data access and speed to
all traffic, and that traffic to one service or website cannot be blocked or degraded.