The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has issued a consultation paper on seeking stakeholders views on the Traffic Management Practices (TMPs) and Multi- stakeholder body for net neutrality. In the paper, TRAI has clarified that scope of the consultation paper is limited issues related to traffic management practices and the role and responsibilities of multi-stakeholder body and it has no intention to revisit its principles on Net Neutrality and broad approach recommended by it earlier.
Following are the key questions on which views has been sought by TRAI
Q.1 What are the broad types of practices currently deployed by the Access Providers (APs) to manage traffic? Out of these practices, which ones can be considered as reasonable from perspective of Net Neutrality? Whether list of Traffic Management Practises (TMPs) can be prepared in advance or it would be required to update it from time to time? If later is yes, then what framework would be required to be established by Multi-Stakeholder Body to keep it up to date? Please suggest with justification.
Q.2 Whether impact of TMPs on consumer’s experience can be interpreted from its name and short description about it or detailed technical description would be required to interpret it in objective and unambiguous manner? In case of detail technical description, what framework need to be adopted by Multi-Stakeholder Body to document it. Please suggest with justification.
Q.3 What set up need to be established to detect violations of Net Neutrality, whether it should be crowd source based, sample field measurements, probe based, audit of processes carried out by access providers or combination of above? How to avoid false positives and false negative while collecting samples and interpreting Net Neutrality violations? Please suggest with justification.
Q.4 What should be the composition, functions, roles and responsibilities of Multi-stakeholder Body considering the decision of DoT that Multistakeholder body shall have an advisory role and formulation of TMPs and Monitoring & Enforcement (M&E) rest with DoT? Please suggest with justification.
Q.5 Whether entry fee, recurring fee etc for membership need to be uniform for all members or these may be on the basis of different type or category of membership? What may be these categories? What policy may be adopted for initial set up of Multi-stakeholder Body. Please suggest with justification.
Q.6 What mechanism may be prescribed to determine fee and other contributions from its members towards expenditure in a fair and nondiscriminatory manner? Please suggest with justification.
Q.7 What should be the guiding principles and structure of governance of Multi-stakeholder Body? What may be the roles and responsibilities of persons at different positions such as chairing the organisation or working groups, governing the functioning, steering the work etc. Please suggest with justification.
Q.8 Any other issues which is relevant to this subject?
Last date for sending comments to TRAI is 13th February 2020 and counter comments is 27th February, 2020. Members are requested to kindly share their inputs with us latest by 9th February 2020, for us to frame industry view and share our feedback with TRAI.
Kindly email your inputs to firstname.lastname@example.org
Click here to view the consultation paper.
We look forward to your response.