India has just adopted tough new rules guaranteeing an open and fair internet for nearly half a billion people. The government has taken an "unambiguous stand" on the issue by endorsing net neutrality rules proposed last November, India's telecom regulator said on Thursday. Net neutrality rules require internet providers to treat all online content the same, preventing them from favoring — or withholding — access to certain websites, services or apps. The principle is under attack in America, where the Trump administration repealed federal laws last month, but has been staunchly defended in India in the face of attempts by global tech companies such as Facebook (FB) to offer stripped-down internet access. Over 800 million Indians — or two thirds of the country's population — still don't have access to the internet, but that is changing fast thanks to a smartphone boom and cheaper mobile data. It's a huge potential market that companies are racing to tap, … [Read more...] about India now has the ‘world’s strongest’ net neutrality rules
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India’s Department of Telecommunications has approved net neutrality rules that ban blocking, throttling, and zero-rating internet data, with some exceptions. The framework, published last year as a recommendation from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), is the culmination of a years-long campaign for net neutrality in India. As The Wire reports, the new rules prevent “any form of discrimination or interference” with data, including “blocking, degrading, slowing down, or granting preferential speeds or treatment to any content.” But they don’t apply to “critical IoT services” or “specialized services,” including autonomous vehicles and remote surgery operations — which The Wire says TRAI head R.S. Sharma compares to ambulances that can legally disobey traffic rules, or in this case, get prioritized status to maintain service quality. Internet service providers will need to agree to the deal when they sign … [Read more...] about India just approved net neutrality rules that ban “any form” of data discrimination
The Federal Communications Committee (FCC) was successful in repealing the net neutrality rules that the previous FCC leadership passed in 2015. However, Congress can still pass a law to simply reverse the repeal or even improve on the previous net neutrality rules. Net Neutrality Rules Repealed Back in February, FCC’s new chairman Ajit Pai, who is a former Verizon lawyer, issued a “Restoring Internet Freedom” order in the Federal Registry. That order has now gone into effect, which means the net neutrality rules have been canceled. The objective of the net neutrality rules has been primarily to stop discrimination from internet service providers (ISPs) against both large and small websites based on the type of content they serve. This is how the term “net neutrality” was coined -- the idea was that every bit is the same and that ISPs can’t charge differentiated prices based on different types of services. Potential Outcomes Resulting From The Repeal … [Read more...] about FCC Has Repealed Net Neutrality Rules, But Congress Can Reverse The Decision
Net Neutrality has been a topic that has gotten a lot of press in the U.S. over the past couple years. The idea of it is pretty simple: Internet service providers (ISPs) including wireless carriers shouldn't be allowed to give preferential treatment to different content; users should have equal access to all content. Unfortunately, the Net Neutrality debate is really a privilege of the developed world, according to a new report. The report from the MIT Technology Review , details how Net Neutrality is not a reality for developing nations; and, the tenants of Net Neutrality are being violated in developing nations by some of its biggest supporters in the U.S.. In India, Nigeria, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines, Google offers something called the "Free Zone", which allows users to connect to Google services via mobile phones, and Google pays the data charges. Similarly, in 50 different countries around the world (including Australia, France, and the UK), mobile users can … [Read more...] about Companies like Google and Facebook only care about Net Neutrality in the U.S.
posted on 20 Jan 2014, 21:03 1 1. 14545 (Posts: 1686; Member since: 22 Nov 2011) Hummm, That's interesting. Thanks for bringing this out to the open. I didn't know about this until now, and it seems like something that needs to be talked about more. posted on 20 Jan 2014, 22:54 0 2. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012) I have one doubt, I have a 2.5Mbps wired connection here in India. While I get the promised speed for every content, somehow Google content loads up way faster. Any download from Google play store/drive/YouTube goes at around 4MBps (Mega Bytes, not bits) means that I'm receiving ~32Mbps for Google content. posted on 20 Jan 2014, 23:45 1 3. wilsong17 (unregistered) im not trying to be rude but google make money of ads posted on 21 Jan 2014, 11:51 1 4. ZeroCide (Posts: 786; Member since: 09 Jan 2013) That is why they are the worlds biggest ad agency. Tech is just their medium. posted on 21 Jan 2014, 12:04 0 5. … [Read more...] about Comments for : Companies like Google and Facebook only care about Net Neutrality in the U.S.