oppn parties TRAI Bats For Net Neutrality in India

News Snippets

  • Centre asks states to give shelter and food to migrant workers to stop them from taking to the streets
  • RBI cuts repo rate by 75 bps, the steepest in 10 years
  • Centre writes to states regarding laxity in monitoring people who had arrived from abroad between January and March
  • Kerala reports a spurt in new cases
  • With 124 fresh cases on Friday, the number of reported cases in India stand at 854
  • Five of a family, including a 9-month-old-baby test positive for Covid-19 in Nadia district in West Bengal on Friday
  • The Pakistani army is reportedly forcibly moving all Covid-19 patients to PoK and Gilgit
  • Untimely azaans in J&K mosques spark panic gathering
  • Stocks rise - Sensex up by 1400 points and Nifty goes above the 8600 mark
  • Rahul Gandhi says the economic package is "the first step in the right direction"
  • The government announces wide-ranging measures to help the poor overcome the economic hardship caused by Covid-19
  • G20 leaders to hold a virtual meeting today to explore ways of fighting Covid-19 in a coordinated manner
  • The Delhi government orders testing of all medical staff after the positive test on a Delhi mohalla clinic doctor
  • As a fallout of a Delhi mohalla clinic doctor testing positive for Covid-19, 900 people in the chain quarantined
  • China offers help to India in the fight against Covid-19 and says India will win the battle at an early date
Government announces Rs 1.72 lakh crore relief package /////// Sonia Gandhi and P Chidambaram laud the government for the lockdown and offer their full support
oppn parties
TRAI Bats For Net Neutrality in India

By Sunil Garodia
First publised on 2016-02-10 12:43:43

About the Author

Sunil Garodia Editor-in-Chief of indiacommentary.com. Current Affairs analyst and political commentator. Writes for a number of publications.
TRAI bats for net neutrality
It is good that TRAI has batted for net neutrality and disallowed discriminatory pricing that would have, in the guise of providing free net connectivity to people, severely limited their choices, obscured their net experience, given birth to unfair cartels and disadvantaged small companies and startups.

Compartmentalizing the net will be a sin
The Internet is a vast, open network that allows almost everyone to get onto it – either to have their say or to be informed. The costs are not prohibitive, as long as one keeps things simple. Compared to the costs, the reach is vast and theoretically infinite. To cage or compartmentalize it would be a sin of the greatest order.

Investing in infrastructure and lowering spectrum prices are the answers
The problem of connectivity in India is due to lack of infrastructure and prohibitive pricing of spectrum. With the country emerging as a huge market for smart phones, those who actually need or use internet can easily access it at less than Rs 100 per month for 1 GB of 2G data and Rs 200 per month for 3G data. If telcos were not burdened with high base price of scarce spectrum, these prices could have been halved. The need is to invest in infrastructure to create seamless connectivity across the country.

Power to the netizens
The best part of this campaign for net neutrality was that despite Facebook flooding the country and social media with paid ads for FreeBasics, in the end it was the collective voice of the faceless, individual users that prevailed. This power will not be available to netizens if companies are allowed to carve out small fiefdoms of their own in the internet space. TRAI’s order is so comprehensive and so punitive for offenders that it has the potential of becoming the benchmark for regulators across the world. Hence it is a victory for netizens across the world.