TRAI to issue recommendations on net neutrality on 28 November, says TRAI chairman RS Sharma

Telecom regulator TRAI will issue recommendations on the thorny issue of net neutrality on 28 November. Operators and OTT providers have locked horns over the issue of net neutrality.

Image Credit: TRAI

Image Credit: TRAI

"We will issue recommendations on net neutrality tomorrow," TRAI chairman, RS Sharma, told reporters on the sidelines of an open house discussion on in-flight connectivity (IFC) for providing phone call and data service.

The recommendations on IFC will be issued within 10 days, he said.

Supporters of net neutrality back the principle that the entire internet traffic should be available to everyone on equal terms without any discrimination based on business considerations of service providers.

The TRAI's recommendations will come at a time when there is a debate raging over net neutrality globally.

The US regulator, Federal Communications Commission, has said recently that it plans to roll back the "net neutrality" rules that were adopted in America in 2015.

When asked about status of consultation on over-the-top (OTT) service providers offering calls and messaging service using internet like Whatsapp, Skype and Viber, Sharma said that the recommendations on net neutrality should be able to provide some of the answers to issues around OTT players and VoIP (Voice over Internet protocol) calls.

OTT refers to applications and services which are accessible over the internet. They ride on operator networks offering Internet access services such as social networks, search engines and video aggregation sites.

Published Date: Nov 27, 2017 20:19 PM | Updated Date: Nov 27, 2017 20:19 PM