Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) today backed net neutrality, prohibiting any form of discriminatory treatment.
The telecom regulator also said that the service providers cannot enter into any any kind of discrimination on internet services based on content, apps or any other service or data that travels on the internet.
“Internet access services should be governed by a principle that restricts any form of discrimination or interference in the treatment of content, including practices like blocking, degrading, slowing down or granting preferential speeds or treatment to any content,” the regulator said in its recommendations.
“This principle would apply to any discriminatory treatment based on the sender or receiver, the network protocols, or the user equipment, but not to specialised services or other exclusions. It would also not restrict adoption of reasonable traffic management practices by the service provider,” it added.
Trai, which has been discussing the net neutrality issue for the last two year, however allowed operators to offer specialised services which are not detrimental to overall quality of Internet Access Services.
Net neutrality is the principle that means all Internet service providers should allow access to all content without favouring any particular service or website.