- The telecom department’s report on ‘net neutrality’ is said to have recommended disallowing the controversial zero rating plans.
- The government could make an exemption for delivery of essential government services.
- The policy on net neutrality must promote competition and encourage startup culture in the country.
- ISPs, should be disallowed from using ‘traffic management’ as a technique to slow down certain content.
FCC and others:
- The Federal Communications Commission had slapped a $100-million fine on AT&T alleging the telecom giant was intentionally slowing down internet speeds to its unlimited data subscribers after they consumed a certain amount of data.
- The DoT committee, met over 45 organisations and telecom service providers as well as various public interest groups before submitting the report.
- The launch of Bharti Airtel’s Zero plan caused a furore, especially on social media.
- Critics say such a plan gives a clear advantage to bigger content providers who can afford to pay, against those who cannot.
- Any policy on net neutrality should ensure interconnection between ISPs, cellular providers and app makers, and the government should intervene only when needed.
- Government’s policy on net neutrality must protect the online privacy of individuals and data protection.
- In order to implement the policy on net neutrality the government will have to strictly monitor the quality of standards of the networks.