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TRAI Interacts With Industry for Net Neutrality

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Telecom regulator TRAI on Thursday started an industry-wide consultation on framework for network traffic management practices and multi-stakeholder body outlined in the net neutrality principles.

The consultation paper issued by TRAI discusses various challenges in measurement of internet traffic and compilation of reasonable traffic management practices. “The objective of this consultation paper is to deliberate the issues related to traffic management practices and the Multi Stakeholder body. It discusses about establishment of a framework to formulate traffic management practices. The paper also discusses about the issues related to composition, function, Governance Structure of multi-stakeholder body,” Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) said.

The discussion paper is “limited” to the issues on which additional recommendation were sought by Telecom Department in its letter on July 2018, TRAI said while pointing out that the regulator has no intention to revisit its principles on Net Neutrality and broad approach recommended earlier. TRAI said comments on issues raised in the consultation paper should be submitted by January 30 and counter comments by February 13, 2020.

The net neutrality principles — approved by the telecom department in 2018 — prohibit service providers from discriminating against internet content and services by blocking, throttling or according preferential higher speeds.

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