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Net neutrality: TRAI against discrimination of content

Prime News, National, Business, New Delhi, November 28:- Telecom regulator TRAI today proposed restrictions on service providers from entering into agreements which lead to discriminatory treatment of content on the Internet.

Issuing the recommendations on Net neutrality, TRAI has also suggested a multi-stakeholder body comprising telecom and Internet service providers, content providers, civil society organisation and consumer representatives for monitoring and investigation of violations.

“Service providers should be restricted from entering into any arrangement, agreement or contract by whatever name called… that has the effect of discriminatory treatment based on content…,” it said.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has also favoured tweaking of licencing norms of players to ensure that “explicit restrictions” on discrimination in Internet access based on content.

“The discriminatory treatment in the context of treatment of content would include any form of discrimination, restriction or interference in the treatment of content including practices like blocking, degrading, slowing down or granting preferential speeds or treatment to any content,” TRAI said.

TRAI’s recommendations come at a time when there is a debate raging globally over net neutrality.

–(NGB, Inputs: Agencies)

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