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Is there a regulator to ensure Net Neutrality?

In India, the Information Technology Act does not contain provisions corresponding to net neutrality. Of course, access to certain websites can be blocked based on authorized grounds under Indian law (discussed separately), but there are no rules prohibiting ISPs to discriminate between service providers. However, since net neutrality prevents those with less financial resources from competing and reduces access to consumers, it is possible for the Competition Commission to look into such issues, either on its own or upon a complaint from end-users when the situation arises.

(Curiously, in the broadcasting space, the net neutrality principle has a close counterpart. The Telecom Regulatory Authority Act (TRAI Act) has a provision stating that cable operators cannot discriminate between broadcasters. Therefore, a cable service owned by Star cannot charge disproportionately for providing access to Zee channels to its users.)

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