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TRAI releases consultation paper on net neutrality issues

Questions on traffic management practices are sought.

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MUMBAI: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released a new consultation paper that deliberates on traffic management practices (TMPs) and multi-stakeholder body for net neutrality.

Earlier, TRAI issued recommendations on 'Net Neutrality' on 28 November 2017, covering the principle of non-discriminatory treatment, application, exclusions and exceptions, loT and Specialised services, Transparency and disclosures, monitoring and enforcement etc.

DoT conveyed that TRAI recommendations on "Net Neutrality" were considered by the government. DoT issued its principle directives on net neutrality. Further, DoT sought additional recommendations from TRAI on TMPs and composition, functions, role and responsibilities of the multi-stakeholder body for monitoring and enforcement.

The objective of this Consultation Paper is to deliberate the issues related to traffic management practices and the multi-stakeholder body net neutrality. The paper discusses various challenges in measurement of internet traffic and compilation of reasonable traffic management practices. It discusses establishment of a framework to formulate TMPs. The paper also discusses the issues related to composition, function, governance structure of various multi-stakeholder body.

Comments on the issues raised in the consultation paper are invited from the stakeholders by 30 January 2020 and counter comments, if any, by 13 February 2020.

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