Trai recommended prohibiting Internet service providers of discriminatory practice

Vastavam web: Telecom regulator Trai today recommended prohibiting Internet service providers from making any discrimination in traffic while providing web access by either blocking or throttling some apps, websites and services or by offering ‘fast lanes’ to others.In its much awaited recommendations on Net neutrality, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) upheld the principles of Internet as an open platform.If the proposals are accepted, the Internet service providers (ISPs) will not be able to block or throttle any web traffic, be it on computers, laptops or mobile phones, and offer fast lanes for content providers who pay for the privilege.
Trai recommendations come days after US Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai proposed to dismantle the 2015 rules that require ISPs to treat all content travelling through their pipes equally.Trai’s recommendations pave the way to end all sorts of discriminatory practices that telecom operators may exercise to differentiate among services and content over the Internet such as reducing its speed for accessing online video.It has suggested changing licence terms of players to explicitly restrict any form of discrimination in Internet access based on content.
The regulator has cautioned that discriminatory treatment would include any form of restriction or interference including practices like blocking, degrading, slowing down or granting preferential speeds.It has said that Internet of Things, with exception to critical IoT, would have to adhere to the restrictions on non discriminatory treatment.”The authority recommends that the terms of various license agreements governing the provision of Internet services in India be amended in order to incorporate the principles of non-discriminatory treatment of content by Internet Access Services along with the appropriate exclusions and exceptions,” Trai said.
This body would be “responsible for developing technical standards pertaining to monitoring of traffic management practices and enforcement of principles on non-discriminatory treatment and making appropriate recommendations to the authority”.Trai’s consultation paper on Net neutrality was sought by the Department of Telecom (DoT) following the suggestion of a High Level Committee which proposed regulation of domestic calls on Internet-based apps by putting them at par with services offered by telecom operators.That move came under immediate attack from various industry bodies and the civil society.