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'''Network Neutrality''', colloquially known as '''Net Neutrality''' is a defining goal in the development of the Internet. Simply put, it is the principle that "all internet traffic should be treated the same." <ref>Chalmers, Susan. Network Neutrality. 2015. Retrieved 23 Apr 2015.</ref> Further, it is a system of checks and balances to ensure that no one entity, commercial or otherwise, influences the content or pace of the Internet.
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'''Network Neutrality''', also known as '''Net Neutrality''' is an Internet policy issue that considers the degree to which Internet Service Providers can selectively promote certain content and applications to their customers, whether through zero-rating, paid prioritization, or other ways. Some countries have passed Network Neutrality legislation, others have taken a “co-regulatory” approach, and others encourage self-regulation within the ISP industry. Many countries have yet to respond to the issue, and in some countries it is a policy question open for review.<ref>New Zealand Ministry for Business, Innovation, and Employment ''[http://www.med.govt.nz/sectors-industries/technology-communication/communications/legislation-relating-to-the-telecommunications-sector/review-of-the-telecommunications-act-2001 Review of the Telecommunications Act 2001].'' Retrieved 27 Apr 2015.</ref>
  
 
==Net Neutrality Around the World==
 
==Net Neutrality Around the World==

Revision as of 11:28, 27 April 2015

Network Neutrality, also known as Net Neutrality is an Internet policy issue that considers the degree to which Internet Service Providers can selectively promote certain content and applications to their customers, whether through zero-rating, paid prioritization, or other ways. Some countries have passed Network Neutrality legislation, others have taken a “co-regulatory” approach, and others encourage self-regulation within the ISP industry. Many countries have yet to respond to the issue, and in some countries it is a policy question open for review.[1]

Net Neutrality Around the World

India

Currently, Net Neutrality does not exist in India. While there are no formal rules in place for ISPs, most operate with neutrality in mind. There are exceptions to this rule, and over the course of many years various telecom companies have approached TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) to grant them the ability to block content and charge additional fees for access to information and entertainment. [2]

Responses to these maneuvers have been swift and numerous. As of April 2015, over 1 million Indian end-users submitted emails to TRAI supporting Net Neutrality.[3]

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