Net Neutrality in India
This week has created history in terms of technological advancement in our country. For the uninitiated, we had been fighting a debate of whether net neutrality should exist in India or not.
What is net neutrality you ask?
Allow us to explain. Net neutrality is the basic principle based on the logic that internet service providers should provide access to all parties and enable access without blocking any kind of content.
Fair enough right?
Just that it is not how internet is controlled in every country and many people in India have been debating on whether we should shout a big ‘yes’ to it , which finally happened. The Department of Telecommunication (DoT) finally gave its nod to net neutrality in India.
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As per the new rules being laid by the DoT, any and every internet service provider (ISP) cannot block, slow down or throttle any kind of content that is available online. Now you might be wondering what are the consequences of the same, and let us remind you that everything has its pros and cons.
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Talking about the history of this landmark decision, let’s go back to how it all began. Back in the year 2015, the TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) laid out the prospective guidelines around the concept of net neutrality.
Around the same time, a telecom service provider came out with a plan which would charge its users for making calls on the internet, but later had to withdraw this plan.
Analysts argued that TRAI was favouring the telecom providers and this whole concept of having a strict neutrality was unfair. Around the same time, netizens started questioning their rights towards a free and a fair usage and even demanded it.
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AIB even made a video explaining what it meant and why it was important.
Now let’s talk about why is it important. Net neutrality would mean that net service providers cannot cheat its consumers and charge them extra for services. This is a big win for the Indian consumers.
Now internet service providers cannot force its users to pay for priority services or increased speed service now. It sure does sound to be too good to be true at the moment and we definitely have to wait for a clearer picture from the TRAI.
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