Trai moots panel under DoT to regulate net neutrality

NEW DELHI: The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) on Tuesday finalized its recommendations on net neutrality, and suggested that the department of telecommunications (DoT) form a multi-stakeholder body to ensure adherence to rules under the regime.

“The role of the MSB (multi-stakeholder body) shall be to provide advice and support the DoT in monitoring and enforcement of net neutrality principles,” Trai said. It also recommended that the DoT may define traffic management practices (TMPs) with the help of the multi-stakeholder panel.

“As per the framework suggested by stakeholders, DoT may maintain and publish a refined list of TMPs adopted by all TSPs (telecom service providers) having those TMPs that are found reasonable after the process of review,” Trai said.

The committee will have all telecom and internet service providers and other stakeholders, such as content providers, researchers, and the academic and technical community, civil society organizations, consumers and the government, it said.

The panel will probe complaints of net neutrality violation received from its members or the common people, or related references made to it by the DoT or Trai. It will also submit reports to the DoT, and a copy to Trai, based on monitoring of internet services, probes of incidents, and review of reports.

The panel will recommend suitable technical standards and methodologies on matters related to the best practices to be adopted for TMPs. Internet access providers will submit, to both DoT and the panel, the list of practices that they use for managing their networks.

The DoT may require internet access providers to maintain complete and accurate records of instances of application of traffic management practices for future reference. For transparency, the Trai said that ISPs should only be allowed to use traffic management practices declared by them and recorded in the repository of such practices.

“The authority (Trai) recommends that the DoT may define the process for creation and maintenance of a repository of reasonable TMPs,” it added.

Trai suggested framing of a policy by DoT for access service providers to inform users affected by the application of traffic management practices

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