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Telecom Commission clears net neutrality rules, new policy

Press Trust of India  |  New Delhi 

The today approved rules which bar service providers from discriminating against and services by blocking, throttling or granting them higher speed access.

Some or services like and will however be kept out of the purview of framework.

"The (TC) today approved as recommended by Trai expect some critical services will be kept out of its purview," told reporters here.

The (Trai) had recommended restrictions on service providers from entering into agreements which lead to discriminatory treatment of content on the Internet.

Trai had favoured tweaking of licensing norms of players to ensure "explicit restrictions" on discrimination in Internet access, based on content.

The will set-up a multi-stakeholder body for monitoring and enforcement of net neutrality comprising government representatives, IoT providers, telecom operators, members and consumer organisations.

DoT will seek recommendations from Trai on for critical services.

TC also approved the new telecom policy -- National Digital Communications Policy (NDCP) 2018 -- for seeking approval of the Union Cabinet, Sundararajan said.

"Everybody in the meeting today said that digital infrastructure is even more important than for .. of (Amitabh Kant) said that for...districts, we must ensure digital infrastructure is provided at the earliest. Therefore, must have ease of doing business and enabling policy environment," she said.

The NDCP aims to attract USD 100 billion or about Rs 6.5 lakh crore investments, 40 lakh new jobs, 50 megabit per second to every citizen in the by 2022 with the help of reforms.

An official, who was part of the meeting, said that the TC has approved installation of around 12.5 lakh WiFi hotspots in all gram panchayats with viability gap funding of around Rs 6,000 crore by December 2018.

Under the WiFi project all police stations, post offices, primary health centres, schools will be connected with WiFi services by December 2018 and there will be 1-2 additional WiFi hotspots that will be available for round the public access throughout the day.

The TC has also approved avoidance of double tax on virtual network operators (VNOs) who provide of telecom operators.

According to the proposal approved, VNOs will be required to pay levies based on their adjusted gross revenue earned from any value addition that they will be do over the top of service they will buy from telecom operators for selling it to end consumers.

The telecom commission has also approved rules for running pilot projects that will be funded from

The pilot projects will be aimed at exploring other than prevalent at the moment like WiFi and and also look at addressing for less developed districts.

(This story has not been edited by Business Standard staff and is auto-generated from a syndicated feed.)

First Published: Wed, July 11 2018. 20:35 IST