India says ‘yes’ to net neutrality

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It is official: finally, the Indian government has approved the neutrality of the network to ensure that all web traffic is treated fairly and that Internet service providers do not block, accelerate or favor any content or service (with some exceptions). reasonable).

It is the result of the Telecommunications Commission (a group within the Telecommunications Department of India) that approved the recommendations made by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) last November. The TRAI guidelines were compiled after months of deliberation and public input seeking.

It is a great victory for those who favor free and fair Internet access in the country. The neutrality of the network allows companies to compete on equal terms; for example, Netflix can not make a mobile operator favor its video transmissions and offer them at faster speeds than rival services for a fee. In the same way, suppliers and ISP can not charge customers more for access to popular services, such as social networks or the transmission of music applications.

It also prevents programs such as Free Basics, from Facebook, which grants free access to mobile sites in the zero rating platform allowed by the company. While it seems a good idea for those who can not afford the data plans, it allows Facebook to control what kind of content and services people can access, and to shape their idea of ​​what the Internet has to offer.

The Telecom Commission noted that certain types of traffic, such as communications for autonomous vehicles and telemedicine or remote diagnosis services, could be prioritized for higher data transfer rates. He also said he will monitor carriers’ Internet traffic management methods to make sure they play clean.

The measure of India to ensure the neutrality of the network throughout the country is good for consumers and good for business. Other countries including US , They would do well to follow his example.