Net neu­tral­ity gains land­slide ver­dict

Down to Earth - - THE FORTNIGHT -

In­dian tele­com ma­jor Bharti Air­tel's de­ci­sion to charge its sub­scribers ex­tra for ac­cess­ing popular apps like Skype and Viber has led to mas­sive protests against such re­stric­tions while us­ing the In­ter­net. This was Bharti's sec­ond at­tempt to do so. This vi­o­lates the prin­ci­ple of Net neu­tral­ity that new age cit­i­zens across the world guard zeal­ously. This prin­ci­ple ad­vo­cates that all traf­fic on the In­ter­net must be treated equally by In­ter­net ser­vice providers. The re­cent buzz over this started when the Tele­com Reg­u­la­tory Author­ity of In­dia (TRAI) cir­cu­lated a 118-page con­sul­ta­tion pa­per on In­ter­net reg­u­la­tions that in­cluded a ques­tion about whether to al­low Net neu­tral­ity. About a mil­lion peo­ple at press time pe­ti­tioned in sup­port of Net neu­tral­ity and po­lit­i­cal par­ties buried their dif­fer­ences to sup­port this. Flip­kart, a ma­jor on­line shop­ping site, with­drew busi­ness con­sul­ta­tion with Bharti.

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