Net Neutrality

Net Neutrality

In the recent times, the term Net Neutrality has been viral in all the controversial ways possible, all credits to our telecom operators. Our beloved telecom operators have been lobbying in the wrong corridor, trying to exploit us.

Let’s understand what does net neutrality mean, it means all the sites/content over the internet can be accessed by all in an equal manner without any differentiation. To be more precise, every internet user can access all the content at the same speed, at the same cost etc… Net Neutrality preserves our right to communicate freely online

There cannot be a separate pricing model for accessing any specific content
There cannot be any speeding up done by the ISP’s or telecom providers for specific sits/content.
Now our lovely telecom providers are trying to take us for a ride by bringing in new patterns to control the usage with specific to content. They are trying to make money from both the ends.

They are trying to control

How much we access
What we access
How fast we can access
How much we pay for accessing that content and services over the Internet.
For better understanding, lets relate the same concept to the usage of voice calls. It’s like telecom companies controlling us on who we can call and how long we can talk and having separate pricing models for each.

We can also relate the same issue with electricity, the electricity providers cannot control on how we use it like what are the appliances we use and how long. Similarly our ISP or Telecom providers shouldn’t be concerned with the content we access over the internet.

The telecom providers and the ISP’s should allow the below

“All sites must be equally accessible at the same access speed at the same data cost for access to each site (per KB/MB)”

We all now need to stand up and fight for our rights, be loud enough to ensure that TRAI hears us and it restricts the telecom providers to continue such an act.

In order to submit a response to the TRAI please send in an email with your views to advqos@trai.gov.in before the deadline which is on 24 April 2015.

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