India’s telecom regulator has published recommendations strongly backing net neutrality, bringing the country a step closer to what could be the world’s most progressive policy on equal internet access for all.
This is in sharp contrast to current efforts in the US to reverse net neutrality rules introduced by administration under former President Barack Obama.
Net neutrality means service providers must treat all traffic equally, and not charge differently based on content. Users should be able to access all websites at the same speed and cost.
This principle is considered by some a cornerstone of a free and open internet that provides equal access to all.
If the recommendations by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India are accepted by the communications ministry, India will be ahead of the curve in Internet rights.
Given the overwhelming public support for net neutrality, the government is expected to accept the recommendations, but it’s not clear when they will become law.
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