Net Neutrality: Govt against blocking content, slowing net

NEW DELHI: Talking in support of net neutrality, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that the government will not allow blocking of content and deliberate slowing down of Internet speed.

In a reply to a call attention notice on net neutrality in Rajya Sabha, he said: “Government agrees with the viewpoint that blocking and deliberate slowing down/speeding up of lawful content on Internet should not be allowed and customers should have unrestricted access to all lawful content on Internet.”

Meanwhile, he said that the implications of net neutrality would need detailed expert examination with regard to traffic management, national security, integrity of network and investment in infrastructure. “This is what governments and regulators all over the world are grappling with,” he said.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has received over 12 lakh responses in support of net neutrality.

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