A Fight for Net Neutrality

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Net neutrality is the principle that Internet Service Providers (ISPs/Telcos) and government should treat all data on the Internet equally, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, website, mobile application or mode of communication. In United States an attempt was made to disrupt this by telecom companies but due to massive public response it could not be carried out, resulting finally that a breach in net neutrality is considered illegal there.

This sudden buzz about net neutrality is being created as telecom companies have lobbied to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), trying to bring regulation in the usage of internet. If this happens in India it would mean that the ISP’s will decide which website or app we will be given access to and how much we’ll have to pay for accessing each website/app. This would demand that an app publisher or website owner have to pay to each ISPs to make their website/app visible to the people on their internet.

Thus TRAI has posed 20 questions regarding Net Neutrality seeking answers from public and telcos based on which TRAI will take its decision. People of all beliefs and affiliations have come together to unite on the net neutrality issue, campaigning, persuading, and getting more people involved. In a span of 24 hours, over 27,000 emails have been sent to the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) through the website savetheinternet.in responding to the regulator’s call for public consultation. Online petitions are also being filed simultaneously to protest against the violation of net neutrality by corporate interest and are being send to the Union minister for communication and information technology, Ravi Shankar Prasad.

A serious attempt is being made from all sectors of the internet community to try and stop this dictatorship on internet usage preventing free access and transaction of information according to the users choice.

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Rituparna Das
Student Reporter at Linkfried, Rituparna is a student of Yadavpur University, Calcutta. She writes about Education News, Information , announcement From calcutta.