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Trai issues pre-consultation paper on net neutrality

Trai also wants the industry to share on the policy or regulatory approach India should have in dealing with issues related to net neutrality.

, ET Bureau|
Updated: May 30, 2016, 04.16 PM IST
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Trai also wants the industry to share on the policy or regulatory approach India should have in dealing with issues related to net neutrality.
Trai also wants the industry to share on the policy or regulatory approach India should have in dealing with issues related to net neutrality.
NEW DELHI: India’s telecom regulator has rekindled the net neutrality debate by issuing a pre-consultation paper on Monday, with the aim to identify relevant issues that will form the base for a policy in this space.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) has sought views from stakeholders on six key questions, including what should comprise the core principles of net neutrality in India, keeping the regional context in mind.

“This pre-consultation paper is an attempt to identify the relevant issues in these areas, which will help TRAI in formulating its views on the way forward for policy or regulatory interventions,” the regulator said while issuing the paper. Responses have been sought till June 21.

The regulator has sought views of stakeholders on key issues that must be considered for ensuring principles of net neutrality. It has also inquired on the reasonable traffic management practices that telecom service providers would have to follow while providing Internet access services, and the manners in which these can be misused.

Trai also wants the industry to share on the policy or regulatory approach India should have in dealing with issues related to net neutrality.

“Are there any other current or potential practices in India that may give rise to concerns about net neutrality,” the regulator has questioned. It has further asked about issues that should be considered for a comprehensive policy framework for defining the relationship between telcos and over-the-top (OTT) content providers.

Views have also been sought on precautions that must be in place so that telcos or content providers maintain customer privacy and ensuring national security.
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