The Call for Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality is the non-discrimination from Internet Service Providers (ISP), in regards to treating data on the internet the same. This means different charges amongst users, websites, applications and even content. Net Neutrality will not allow providers to intentionally block, slow down or charge money for specific sites or content.

The Call for Net Neutrality
The Call for Net Neutrality

India is facing Net Neutrality issues, and thanks to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) it is starting to change. Trai will tackle the telecom department’s continuous endeavours to pressurize Net discrimination to occur.

“Nobody owns the internet. And, therefore, it is everybody’s property…and, therefore, it should be open and accessible to everybody,” says Trai chairman R.S Sharma.

Many top websites from India which have garnered vast popularity have also encouraged net neutrality.

Dee Kalra, CEO of popular Travel portal says, “We fundamentally believe that the internet belongs to all of its users and, given its impact in shaping our world, it needs to remain non-discriminatory.”

Two years of continuous efforts, and TRAI has finally sought the Department of Telecom (DoT) to amend licenses of internet services that discriminate.

This encourages the democracy that India is proud of having. Internet users can create content freely without discrimination from Telecom Service Providers (TSPs).

Trai looks forward to a body which will monitor and enforce net neutrality rules, with a collaborative mechanism. It is important to note a few specialised services where optimization is required will not be under the guidelines of Net neutrality.

Past examples of net neutrality include Aircel’s free access to Facebook and Whatsapp, Airtel’s free access to Google and Reliance’s free access to Twitter.

With the internet becoming more central to peoples lives, big businesses will want to manipulate it to help their own cause. Therefore net neutrality is an important play by the telecom sector to develop India as a fair democracy which gives equal freedom and opportunities to all.

The Indian Telecom Regulators net neutrality recommendations may be the strongest in the world even compared to that of America.