By Michael A. GrewalPublished May 04, 2017 09:02:58India’s Internet is facing a barrage of threats from Internet Service Providers, who want to charge companies for prioritizing their traffic and then selling it to consumers, or blocking certain content, according to an article in The Times Of India.
While the idea is gaining ground in India, this is the first time that it has been described as a threat, as the government has yet to respond to the threat.
“India’s net neutrality policy has been the most robust in the world, and is an effective means of preserving the open Internet and protecting the rights of all Internet users,” the article says.
The article also notes that there are more than 1,500 companies in India that have made use of this policy, including Google, Facebook, Twitter, and Amazon.
The government has made it mandatory for Internet users to pay a small fee to ISPs for prioritization, and for Internet providers to block certain content in their network.
The proposed policy has faced opposition from the telecom industry, which claims that the government is violating its net neutrality rules.
The proposal would have mandated that ISPs provide a preferential rate to certain content providers, as well as other content, for their subscribers.
However, critics say that it does not go far enough, because it does little to prevent Internet Service Provider’s from charging companies for priority, blocking certain traffic, or charging extra for accessing certain websites.
“The idea is to charge the telecom operators for prioritized traffic.
But the ISPs are not going to be able to charge a premium to the consumers to give preferential treatment to the traffic of other content providers,” says Arun Jaitley, the Union Communications Minister.
“So, we have to say that these companies are violating net neutrality.”
While India has no legislation against blocking, the Communications Minister said that the proposed rule could be interpreted to mean that companies could charge content providers to deliver more content.
The proposal is not binding, but it is likely to be implemented.
According to the article, the proposed rules have a negative impact on the development of Internet infrastructure in India.
“We will continue to monitor the situation to see if the government changes its position,” said an official of the ministry.
“The internet should be open, and not restricted, and it should be free of censorship and abuse,” said the official.
“There should be a level playing field between the internet and other services.”
While there is a strong opposition to the government’s policy, the Indian government has not responded to a request for comment.
The idea of blocking content is gaining traction among Internet users in India after the government announced that it will start requiring ISPs to pay for prioritizations of Internet traffic in the country.
India is home to more than 90 percent of the world’s Internet users, and Internet users have taken to the streets in protest of the move, calling it a violation of the Internet’s neutrality.
In October, the government also announced plans to introduce the “anti-trust” law, which will prohibit foreign companies from controlling or dominating the Internet.
The proposed law will also ban foreign firms from operating in India or in the Indian telecom industry.