India’s Telecom Regulator Strongly Backs Net Neutrality

TRAI, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, published recommendations backing net neutrality, supporting equal internet access for all.  If the recommendations are accepted by the communications ministry, India will be ahead of the curve in internet rights.

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Given the overwhelming public support for net neutrality, the government is expected to accept the recommendations, though it’s not clear when they will become law, reports Reuters.

The new guidelines cover IoT or the Internet of Things. However, over-the-top (OTT) services – apps like Skype or WhatsApp that ride on top of telecom operators’ networks, as well as content delivery networks, which lets operators such as Netflix deliver content within their network have not been addressed by TRAI’s recommendations.

 

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Gunjan Bagla
California-based management consultant Gunjan Bagla runs Amritt, a consulting firm helping American companies to succeed in India. Amritt is the trusted advisor for India market research, India business development, India market entry, Global Engineering, Global Technology Scouting, India R&D and Open Innovation. Gunjan is author of "Business in 21st Century India: How to Profit Today from Tomorrow’s Most Exciting Market" (Hachette Book Group, 2008), Amazon's top rated title on the subject. He has appeared as the India Expert on BBC Television, Bloomberg TV, Fox Cable Business and has been quoted in the New York Times, the Los Angeles Times, the Hollywood Reporter and Business Week for his expertise on India.

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