India implements strong net neutrality rules


India’s government has adopted strict new net neutrality rules aimed at ensuring a free and open internet.

The government has taken an “unambiguous stand” in making sure that certain types of content are not prioritized over others and that broadband providers will be unable to slow down or block websites at their choosing, India’s telecom regulatory body declared Thursday.

Around two-thirds of the country’s 1.3 billion people still don’t have internet access, but the country is moving forward with its net neutrality plans as more and more people begin to use smartphones.


“Internet access services should be governed by a principle that restricts any form of discrimination or interference in the treatment of content, including practices like blocking, degrading, slowing down or granting preferential speeds or treatment to any content,” India’s telecommunications regulator wrote in its rules.

India’s push for net neutrality rules come as efforts in the U.S. dwindle.

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) completed its process in scrapping the Obama-era rules earlier this year. Groups are fighting the FCC’s decision through various legal battles, but it’s unclear if those fights will yield any results.

States like California, though, are moving to institute their own net neutrality regulations.


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