February 1st, 2018
Internet gave us digital freedom in the last decade and what all others including politics and judiciary have failed in the last 60 years since the constitution of India was created. It has no doubt empowered us to speak our minds and to do business freely in the last few years with websites and applications such as Facebook, Twitter, Whatsapp, Skype etc. But what if internet providers or telecom companies in India start charging you extra for these sort of Over The Top (OTT) applications or services. This will pose a threat or curb our digital freedom which is supposed to come free at your hand. That is what Net Neutrality campaign by net activists is fighting against and stop internet providers from lobbying these services.
Let’s Dig Deep
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India or better known as TRAI in short has issued a paper raising or proposing three questions : should there be a license for these OTT services or applications like Whatsapp or Skype, should there be licensing for non-communication based internet companies such as Flipkart or Snapdeal or YouTube and should these telecom companies including Airtel and Vodafone be allowed to charge different prices for different services.
If these propositions come true then a horror might follow for all the netizens of India. You might be able to access an application or website on a particular telecom say Airtel and not on say Vodafone or Reliance because the application or website owner had struck a deal with the former and not with the latter. Giants like Flipkart may be able to strike a deal with these telecom companies but small startups may not be and as a result they will be rooted out from market. You might also have to pay some extra money apart from you data plan to access a particular website or application such as Whatsapp.
What Net Neutrality Propagates?
Net Neutrality broadly propagate following-
Watch this video of AIB explaining the issue in an interesting way-
Share the word with every one on social media if you believe in the cause of Net Neutrality.