Telecom Commission approves net neutrality, new telecom policy

The Telecom Commission approved net neutrality rules which bar service providers from discriminating against Internet content and services by blocking, throttling or granting them higher speed access.

Some mission critical applications or services like remote surgery and autonomous cars will however be kept out of the purview of net neutrality framework.

"The Telecom Commission (TC) approved net neutrality as recommended by TRAI expect some critical services will be kept out of its purview," Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan told.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India had recommended restrictions on service providers from entering into agreements which lead to discriminatory treatment of content on the Internet.

TC also approved the new telecom policy -- National Digital Communications Policy 2018 -- for seeking approval of the Union Cabinet, Aruna said.

(Agencies)