Some critical services would remain out of the purview of the net neutrality rules.
Internet of things (IoT) as a class won't be exempted from net neutrality, but certain categories of IoT which come under critical services will be left out.
The DoT will formulate necessary traffic management practices after recommendations from Trai. Telecom Secretary Aruna Sundararajan had earlier said that in the age of autonomous vehicles and digitised healthcare through sensors etc, certain kinds of traffic need to be prioritised. The DoT will form a committee to identify critical services and come with a separate regime for such services.
Trai had already barred telecom operators from offering differential pricing of data, putting an end to Facebook's Free Basics and Airtel Zero. The regulator had recommended a change in the licence conditions to restrict any form of discrimination in Internet access based on content, sender or receiver, protocols or user equipment.
In its recommendations, Trai had proposed that service providers should be restricted from entering into any arrangement or contract with anybody that has the effect of discriminatory treatment based on content, sender or receiver, protocols or user equipment.