India maintains its commitment to net neutrality despite ongoing pressure from the telecom industry
Indian government resists telecom pressure, stands by net neutrality. Telecoms want higher fees for Netflix and others due to network strain. Officials prioritize net neutrality, seek collaborative solutions. Telecoms suggest a “Fair Share” model. Debate underscores commitment to an open, fair internet.
Amid pressure from telecom giants like Bharti Airtel, Reliance Jio Infocomm, and Vi, the Indian government stands firm in its commitment to preserving net neutrality principles. These telecom companies seek the authorities to impose higher fees on specific internet-based intermediaries like Netflix, Amazon Prime, and WhatsApp, citing increased network strain. However, government officials remain unwavering in their stance, stressing the importance of maintaining net neutrality’s core principles, even in the era of 5G technology.
To address this issue, officials are advocating for collaborative solutions that ensure connectivity for all users without compromising net neutrality. Additionally, telecom companies have proposed a ‘Fair Share’ model for contributions to network development based on factors such as user numbers, traffic volume, and turnover thresholds. The government is committed to a fair and open internet, opposing discriminatory content treatment and provider agreements.