What Is Net Neutrality And Why Should I Care?

The future of protecting an open Internet has been the subject of fierce debate, and potential changes to the Net Neutrality rules by the TRAI could affect your online experience.

Net neutrality (also network neutrality, Internet neutrality, or net equality) is the principle that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or mode of communication. The term was coined by Columbia University media law professor Tim Wu in 2003 as an extension of the longstanding concept of a common carrier- Wikipedia.

How Net Neutrality Works

Here is another video by CGP Grey explaining it

What You Should Do Before April 24th ?

In response to pressure from telcos and their lobby COAI, TRAI went ahead and brought up a consultation paper on:

  1. Should OTTS be licensed? If yes, under current rules or new ones?
  2. Should we leave net neutrality undecided and let the market decide its fate?

You can find the consultation paper of TRAI here is an abridged version 23 pages only.

How Consultatiuon Process Works

The public has been asked 20 questions based on above 2 points. You have to send mail to a TRAI email ID with answers to these questions. You can do this till April 24, 2015. Time will be provided for counter comments from April 24th to May 8th.

To make sure that anti net neutrality rules aren’t formed in India, we need your help.

You need to send a mail to TRAI mail id [email protected] in support of net neutrality and against differential pricing/speeds.

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