DoT forms panel on net neutrality; to come out with report in May

NEW DELHI: The Department of Telecommunications (DoT) has constituted a six-member panel on net neutrality that will come out with its report in the second week of May.

“We constituted a committee. We feel that Internet is the creation of human mind. Internet should have linkages to the common man in a non-discriminatory manner,” Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said.

“This entire process will help the government make a comprehensive decision. That is why we are doing so independent of Trai. This is happening for the first time because of the gravity of the matter,” he added.

Prasad has earlier supported the principles of net neutrality, which is a term used to describe that internet service providers and the government should treat all data on internet equally, irrespective of content, users, applications etc.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) is also working on consultation papers on whether over-the-top services or apps should be licensed or regulated. Trai has asked stakeholders to send in suggestions by April 24 and may then come out with its recommendations on the subject soon.

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