TRAI backs Net Neutrality

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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) came out in strong support of Net neutrality in a series of recommendations following a long process of consultations on the issue.



Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers must treat all data on the Internet the same and not discriminate or charge differently by user, content, website, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or method of communication.Under this principle, internet service providers are unable to intentionally block, slow down or charge money for specific websites and online content.


The TRAI is an independent, statutory regulator of the telecommunications business in India.

It came into existence by the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority Act of the India in 1997.

It was established in wake of entry of private sector in telecom industries after Government had constituted the National Telecom Policy (NTP) to attract domestic and FDI investment in the telecommunication sector.

Its main purpose is to deliver a fair and transparent environment for fair competition in telecom market. TRAI also fixes or revises the tariffs for telecom services in India.