In late November, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) released a set of recommendations on net neutrality, bringing the country closer to what some say is one of the strongest net neutrality frameworks in the world.
“The debate … that this ruling was about was essentially the same one that’s taking place in the US, about whether certain sites should be available at faster speeds,” said Nikhil Pahwa, a digital rights activist who’s been a leader in India’s fight for net neutrality. “And the Indian regulators essentially ruled that there needs to be non-discriminating practices by [internet service providers], where they don’t give preferential treatment to one side or the other.”
Pahwa has been a vocal advocate for net neutrality in India and was a key player in getting India to stop differential pricing for data services last year.
“Net neutrality ensures that there’s free and fair competition on the internet, instead …