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Net Neutrality Gets Telecom Commission's Nod, New Telecom Policy Cleared

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Katie Ramirez | 13 July, 2018, 00:39

"This is a very strong deterrent that has been created for net neutrality violations", said Nikhil Pahwa, co-founder of India's Save the Internet campaign. It also allows these providersto ignore net neutrality in case of emergencies, security threats or to manage high traffic across the network.

"Any deviations and violations of the rules of net neutrality - which come into effect nearly immediately - will be met with stiff penalties", Department of Telecommunications secretary Aruna Sundararajan is quoted as telling the Times.

India's stand on net neutrality also came at a time when the United States had repealed its free internet rules and chose to allow internet providers to charge more for certain content or giving preferential treatment to certain websites through commercial agreements.

The new regulations affirm the Indian government's commitment to a free and fair internet, Pahwa added.

The inter-ministerial Telecom Commission Wednesday cleared the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India's (Trai) suggestions on net-neutrality that bar service providers from discriminating against internet content and services by blocking, throttling or granting them higher speed access.

The policy was open till May-end for views of stakeholders and the public, and officials said, more than 1000 comments had come in, which were being reviewed by the department.

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"The internet today is a great platform for innovation, startups, banking, government applications such as health, telemedicine, education and agriculture", TRAI's chairman, RS Sharma, said at the time. The most visible casualty was Facebook's Free Basics service, which offered Indians free access to a limited number of websites.

The framework of Net Neutrality was first laid by TRAI past year in response to the public comment on the principles of Net Neutrality.

Internet service providers who break the rules could lose their licenses to operate in India.

The Senate is meeting to revive net neutrality, but chances are Trump Republicans will back the FCC and net neutrality will die.

India is expected to have 500 million internet users by June. That's the question at the heart of net neutrality, and here's everything you need to know about it.

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