The FCC has recently proposed the abolition of tiered network access in the States and the practice of Net Neutrality. This is most likely to take effect from June 2015. However, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is still clarifying the leak of identities of those who’ve sent emails to them asking the 20 questions about neutrality. Though the Telecom Ministry has taken charge after this event, TRAI still can give suggestions on the matter. On 8th May, the Telecom Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad took command. In an interview with the Economic Times, he said “As far as the government is concerned, we have made our views very clear, we stand for ensuring non-discriminatory access to the Internet for all citizens of the country.”
Subsequently, in 2017, TRAI released its recommendations on Net Neutrality acknowledging the ‘Right to Privacy’ debate sparked by Justice KS Puttaswamy’s Judgment.
Net Neutrality is a principle where an internet service provider must provide access to all sites and content. Click here to learn more about Net Neutrality.
Here is the timeline of how the Net Neutrality issue has taken shape in India.