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Jul 11, 2018 7 tweets 4 min read
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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
As per the @trai recommendations, ISP and Telco license conditions will be amended to enforce net neutrality principles. This means that if the telecom operators violate net neutrality, then they will be violating their license conditions, risking license cancellation
Apart from a #NetNeutrality law, this was the most effective way of ensuring non-discrimination by ISPs in India. My story on India's Net Neutrality rules here: medianama.com/2017/11/223-tr…
There are some key exceptions to #NetNeutrality (throttling):
1. Critical IoT services will be exempt. These will be defined by DoT. We have to ensure that all IoT isn't governed by this, and DoT doesn't allow a free-for-all

2. Specialised services are exempt. This is tricky.
. @TRAI says Specialised Services can't be a replacement for Internet Access Services, and their provisioning shouldn't be detrimental to Internet Access. To a TV channel last year, @rssharma3 said that these may include autonomous cars, remote access surgery.
What is problematic is that @trai recommendations, in comments, say"the provision of VoIP and IPTV services, which may also qualify as specialised services under the suggested definition." Would appreciate clarity on this @trai @rssharma3 . Might enable paid prioritisation.
All said and done, it is still a very positive development, and a culmination of a process that began with this story (medianama.com/2014/08/223-tr… ), and led to the #savetheinternet campaign so many of us participated in.

We have #NetNeutrality in India because of all of us.

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