Net Neutrality Approved by Government, Internet to Remain Fair For All
Internet (Representational Image: PTI)

New Delhi, July 11: The government on Wednesday approved the recommendations made by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India on the country's position on net neutrality. It simply means the government will continue to follow the principles of net neutrality and ensure unrestricted and non-discriminatory access to the internet for all.

The Telecom Commission on Wednesday approved the new telecom policy, which won't allow mobile operators, internet service providers and social media platforms to offer or get special treatment of content and speed on the internet. The new telecom policy will prevent mobile operators, internet service providers or websites from creating monoploy on the internet.

The new telecom policy aimed at attracting an investment of $100 billion in the digital communications sector is likely to be in place by July 2018, Communications Minister Manoj Sinha had said on June 12. It also plans to propel India to the Top 50 nations in the ICT Development Index of International Telecommunication Union from 134 in 2017.

The government on May 1 had released the draft National Telecom Policy 2018 to reform the licencing and regulatory regime and promote the ease of doing business. The draft National Digital Communications Policy focuses on provisioning of broadband for all, creating four million additional jobs and enhancing the contribution of the sector to 8 per cent of India's GDP from around 6 per cent in 2017.