Trai issues pre-consultation paper on internet neutrality
Posted by Jonathan M. McCoy on 27th April 2019

Telecom regulator Trai Monday issued pre-consultation paper on net neutrality, a subject that had kicked up dirt earlier this year over systems like facebook’s loose fundamentals and Airtel zero as well as tries to charge sure internet services, along with calls.

Seeking to put in vicinity an overall framework for internet usage in the of a, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India stated: “This pre-consultation paper is a try to pick out the applicable issues in those regions, so one can help Trai in formulating its perspectives on the manner ahead for coverage or regulatory intervention.”

There has been a struggle among telecom operators, internet organizations and consumers hobby on the issue of net neutrality.

Even as all the 3 major stakeholders – telecom operators, internet companies and consumers – favour net neutrality, they define it in another way from their perspective.

Trai has partly addressed the issue of net neutrality like differential pricing and, via a separate consultation paper, is in procedure of exploring model for imparting free net within framework of internet neutrality.

The paper has sought public views on diverse elements which includes “What must be appeared as the core principles of net neutrality in the Indian context? What are the key troubles which can be required to be taken into consideration so that the ideas of net neutrality are ensured?”

It has additionally sought perspectives on technique that “India’s policy and/or regulatory approach” must absorb dealing with problems regarding net neutrality.

The talk on internet neutrality picked up in India whilst telecom operator Bharti Airtel in December 2014 determined to rate greater for making internet calls. However, the employer rolled returned its plan after public protest.



It then launched Airtel zero platform which supplied charge get entry to the websites below it whilst websites had been required pay for being on it.

Later, facebook additionally came up with a 0 rating platform ‘free fundamentals’ which furnished free get entry to some web sites to be had on its platform for Reliance Communications customers in India.

Both those systems were visible as violation to net neutrality and later Trai issued a regulation which barred 0 rating platforms.

Adherence to the primary of internet neutrality is arguably essential for preserving the open and non-discriminatory character of the net, functions that are answerable for the outstanding growth of the net within the beyond many years.

“In the absence of a clean regulatory framework on internet neutrality, superior traffic management strategies can potentially be used by an operator for discriminatory or anti-aggressive functions,” Trai stated.