By Aditya Singh
In a major victory for internet freedom activists, the Indian government has decided to proceed with net neutrality.
The Telecom Authority of India (TRAI) has approved a new telecom policy which prohibit Internet Service Providers (ISP’s) from charging extra charges for access to Internet content. ISP’s can’t block, throttle or give high speed access to certain Internet services.
“The Telecom Commission (TC) today approved net neutrality as recommended by TRAI except some critical services will be kept out of its purview,” said Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan.
Exceptions to the proposed rules include specialized applications such as remote surgery and autonomous cars.
I’m told that Telecom Commission has accepted @TRAI ‘s recommendations on #NetNeutrality. Thank you TRAI& @rssharma3 for giving India the strongest Net Neutrality regulations in the world,covering both throttling of Internet access & prevention of discriminatory pricing
— Nikhil Pahwa (@nixxin) July 11, 2018
The Telecom Commission also approved the new telecom policy, National Digital Communications Policy 2018, pending Cabinet approval. It seeks to attract $100 billion investment and create 40 lakh jobs by 2022. The Policy also promises a broadband speed of 50mbps for each citizen.