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TRAI to soon begin consultation on monitoring and compliance of net neutrality

April 15, 2019
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The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is going to conduct a new round of consultation regarding the monitoring of net neutrality and the identification of applications that could potentially be exempted under the framework.

As per the TRAI, the new consultation will focus on how to ensure that mobile phone companies are monitored compliance with net neutrality. The paper will also focus on exceptions for some applications for emergency purposes to ensure quality of service (QoS) and latency in other scenarios.

Earlier, TRAI had set some limited exceptions in its recommendations of net neutrality. These exceptions include critical services and those services requiring real-time data transfer.

In July 2018, the Digital Communications Commission (DCC) cleared the net neutrality rules. The TRAI had then asked the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) to identify and inform of applications that could be exempted for emergency events or in situations that require low latency. It further suggested the government establish a multi-stakeholder body to look into issues relating to traffic management and implementation of exceptions and transparency measures.

Earlier this year, the DoT asked TRAI to create a separate framework for net neutrality compliance and critical services.

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