India just approved net neutrality rules that ban ‘any form’ of data discrimination

India’s Department of Telecommunications has approved net neutrality rules that ban blocking, throttling, and zero-rating internet data, with some exceptions. The framework, published last year as a recommendation from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), is the culmination of a years-long campaign for net neutrality in India.

As The Wire reports, the new rules prevent “any form of discrimination or interference” with data, including “blocking, degrading, slowing down, or granting preferential speeds or treatment to any content.” But they don’t apply to “critical IoT services” or “specialized services,” including autonomous vehicles and remote surgery operations — which The Wire says TRAI head R.S. Sharma compares to…

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