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Monday, December 14, 2009

Malaysia Committed To "Net Neutrality" - Salang

KUALA LUMPUR, Dec 14  08  |  Bernama


-- Malaysia is committed to the general principles of net neutrality' and no internet censorship, the Dewan Rakyat was told on Monday.

Deputy Information Communication and Culture Minister Datuk Joseph Salang Gandum said the Malaysian Communications and Multimedia Commission (MCMC) had been practising open access for holders of telecommunication licence under the Communication and Multimedia Act 1998.



"The law, enforced on those who violated the country's laws via the internet, did not contravene the Net Neutrality principle," he said on Monday.

He was replying to Tony Phua Kim Wee (DAP-Petaling Jaya Utara) who wanted to know the government's stand on the network neutrality policy for Internet services in Malaysia.

Salang said net neutrality was a principle proposed for internet service providers (ISPs) and users, advocating no restriction on content, site or platform, on the types of equipment that might be attached, and on the mode of communication allowed.

He said the principle also stated that equal services and communications would be allowed to the users at subscribed level of access.

The deputy minister also said the government would continue monitoring to ensure that internet service in the country was not monopolised by certain ISPs, including Telekom.

"Telekom will not bridle the increase in the number of ISPs in the country. Instead, it will even allow the ISPs to use its facilities," he said.

Salang said the government had also instructed MCMC and Telekom to prepare a proposal on how ISPs could provide the service at a much lower cost.

"The proposal will be tabled to the Cabinet next February," he added.