Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released a Consultation Paper on Traffic Management Practices (TMPs) & Multi-Stakeholder Body for Net Neutrality as on 2nd January, 2020.
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The main objective of this Consultation Paper is to meet various challenges in measurement of internet traffic and compilation of reasonable traffic management practices. This consultation paper also discusses about the issues related to composition, function, Governance Structure of various multi-stakeholder body.
Earlier, TRAI had issued recommendations on ‘Net Neutrality’ on the 28th November 2017, covering principle of non-discriminatory treatment, application, exclusions and exceptions, loT and Specialized services, Transparency and disclosures, monitoring and enforcement etc. Depart of Telecom (DoT) vide letter 31st July 2018 conveyed that TRAI recommendations on “Net Neutrality” were considered by Government. DoT issued its principle directives on Net Neutrality. Further, DoT sought additional recommendations from TRAI on Necessary Traffic Management Practices (TMPs) and Composition, functions, role and responsibilities of the multi-stakeholder body for monitoring and enforcement.
Issues for Consultation
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 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 Multi- stakeholder 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 diffrent 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 con- tributions from its members towards expenditure in a fair and non- discriminatory manner? Please suggest with justication.
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 diffrent 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?
TRAI has invited comments from the Stakeholders on these issues raised in the consultation paper, 30th January, 2020 and counter comments by 13th February, 2020.
Stakeholders can also send their comments & counter-comments to this email id advgoS@trai.gov.in For any clarifications / information, please contact Shri Asit Kadayan, Advisor (QOS),
TRAI Telephone Number +91-11-23230404, FAX Number +91-11-23213036.