Net Neutrality: The central government of India has categorically ensured that netizens are not going to have preferential treatment from telecom giants – the mobile operators, internet providers, and social media companies.
This implies that principles of net neutrality are going to stay in the Indian domain and no internet giant will have its monopoly on the internet in India. The good thing is, in spite of all speculations, Indians will enjoy free and fair access to the internet.
In this regard, Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan has said,”Any deviation and violation of the rules of net neutrality – which come into effect almost immediately – will be met with stiff penalties.”
Anyhow there will be exceptions to some specific domains like autonomous driving, telemedicine or remote diagnostic services. This implies that barring a few critical services, the basic tenets of net neutrality will be maintained.
There is no denying the fact that net neutrality is a sensitive matter. In India too, there have been online petitions to ensure equal access to all lawful online content at the same speed and cost. In all probability, the target has been to provide a level playing field with equal opportunities to all online players.
Anyhow, let’s not forget that the recommendations of TRAI prohibit blocking, degrading, slowing down or granting preferential speeds or treatment to online content. It goes without any mention that a fair marketplace is always a welcome decision from India’s perspective.