A K Bhargava committee report on Net Neutrality

Date: July 20, 2015

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Net Nutrality Issue: A.K.Bhargava Committee

The Department of Telecommunications has released A K Bhargava committee report on Net Neutrality. The Committee has recommended sticking to core principles of Net Neutrality. User rights on the Internet need to be ensured so that Telecom Service Providers/ Internet Service Providers (TSPs/ISPs) do not restrict the ability of the user to send, receive, display, use, post any legal content, application or service on the Internet, or restrict any kind of lawful Internet activity or use.

prepare iasThe committe also recommended-

Over-The-Top (OTT) application services should be actively encouraged and any impediments in expansion and growth of OTT application services should be removed.

Under existing telecom licensing conditions, Internet Telephony is permitted under restricted conditions. The key public policy requiring action is to manage the transition from voice-centric to data-centric networks with the concomitant change in technology.

Legitimate traffic management practices may be allowed but should be “tested” against the core principles of net neutrality.

The primary goals of public policy in the context of Net Neutrality should be directed towards achievement of developmental aims of the country by facilitating “Affordable Broadband”, “Quality Broadband” and “Universal Broadband” for its citizen.