Submissions on the Pre-Consultation Paper on Net Neutrality dated 30th May 2016

The Centre for Law & Policy Research (“CLPR”) is a non-partisan, not-for profit law and policy research institution based in Bangalore. CLPR has been active in the field of media law and telecommunications regulation and offers wide ranging expertise in such fields.

 

At the outset, we support the core principles of net neutrality: non-discriminatory treatment of both content and applications using the Internet. Network neutrality is best defined as a network design principle that requires a public information network to treat all content, sites, and platforms equally and carry every form of information and support every kind of application. The other major principle that motivates our responses is the principle of administrative forbearance which requires regulatory agencies to have a hands off approach to the relatively nascent field of Internet regulation and act only when there is a failure of other applicable private, public and criminal law to maintain net neutrality. Rapidly changing technology and user requirements have made it very difficult for conventional forms of regulation to be useful or comprehensive.

 

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'Submissions on the Pre-Consultation Paper on Net Neutrality dated 30th May 2016' (30 May 2016) <https://clpr.org.in/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/Submissions-to-the-Telecom-Regulatory-Authority-of-India-on-the-Pre-Consultation-Paper-on-Net-Neutrality-dated-30th-May-2016.pdf> accessed on 18 Nov 2019