TRAI publishes second net neutrality consultation paper

5 Jan 2017

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has published a new consultation paper on net neutrality, inviting stakeholders to provide their views on issues relating to the establishment of a comprehensive framework for non-discriminatory access to the internet. The paper focuses on transparency, traffic management, the core principles of net neutrality, and how India should approach the matter from a regulatory and policy perspective.

The TRAI began looking into net neutrality following a request for recommendations from the Department of Telecommunications (DoT) in March 2016 but, due to the complexity of the matter, the regulator implemented a two-stage consultation process. For the first stage, the TRAI published a pre-consultation paper in May 2016 to identify the relevant issues, feedback from which was used to form the new consultation paper. Stakeholders have until 15 February 2017 to submit their responses to the paper, with counter comments due by 28 February. The TRAI will then submit its final recommendations to the DoT.