Net Neutrality reforms in India

Directives on Net Neutrality incorporating the principles of non-discriminatory treatment of content were issued by the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) in July 2018.

Subsequently, DoT amended the Unified License for Telecom Service Providers (TSPs) and Unified License (Virtual Network Operators), and Unified Access Service License Agreement to incorporate the principles of non-discriminatory treatment of content in Sept. 2018.

DoT issued an amendment to the Internet Service Provider license for Regulatory Framework on “Net Neutrality” in May 2019.

DoT sent a reference to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on 31.07.2018 seeking TRAI’s recommendations on ‘Traffic Management Practices (TMPs) and Multi-Stakeholder Body for Net Neutrality’.

TRAI provided its recommendation on the subject on 22.09.2020. The recommendations of TRAI are under examination.

Technical audit of Internet Service Providers which includes technical information about the network, upstream and downstream bandwidth, tariff plans, etc are being done annually.

This information was given by the Minister of State for Communications, Shri Devusinh Chauhan in a written reply to a question in Rajya Sabha today.

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