According to an Economic Times report, a six-member internal committee of the department suggested a new law incorporating principles of net neutrality to replace the Indian Telegraph Act.

Earlier, Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad had said, "Report of net neutrality will be out very soon but we are waiting for TRAI report on the issue.”  The Telecom Department, which had set up a panel to look into the net neutrality issue, submitted its report to Prasad earlier this month.

Net neutrality implies equal treatment be accorded to all internet traffic and no priority should be given to any person or entity or company based on payment, which is seen as discriminatory.

Apart from the six-member committee appointed in January this year by DoT, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) had also invited stakeholders comments on issues such as net neutrality and regulation of OTT services like WhatsApp and Skype.

The regulatory received over 10 lakh comments. In the meantime tenur of the then TRAI Chairman Rahul Khullar ended and the new head is yet to be appointed.

Net Neutrality, a widely debated issue globally, has in the past few months caught India's attention with politicians, corporate leaders and film stars taking to social media sites such as Twitter and Facebook to debate on the issue.

The issue gained national attention after internet activists and experts flagged telecom giant Bharti Airtel's 'Airtel Zero' platform to be in violation of the principle.

 

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