One of the major debate issues taking over is the “Net Neutrality”. Considering the fact that Internet is one of the major source of information, communication and entertainment. We share ideas and news, exchange information, getting in touch with your friends and family is way easier than before. And because of many more other reasons Internet is playing a really important role in the life of today’s generation, which makes it one of the popular topic in a discussion.
When we start talking about Internet many related topics come in light while the conversation such as pros and cons, importance, requirement or necessity, freedom of usage and many more.
The liberty to use the Internet as users or admins for different content, sites, platforms and applications is supported by net neutrality as it enables and protects free speech. To go with the definition available on Internet “the principle that Internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favoring or blocking particular products or websites”.
But big companies such as Reliance, Airtel, Vodafone etc. which provide us with Internet facilities wants to take control over the independence of using the net such as what kind of content, website, portals we use on daily basis. They are covering it with a beautiful blanket of “Free Basics”, they are making it look like they are supporting net neutrality but what they are actually doing is supporting the basic Internet facility and for the rest of the content or sites which you use on daily basis, you have to pay extra for that.
Whatsapp chat, forwarded messages and group chat all gone…
24*7 online availability on Facebook gone…
Snapchat or Hike or Vibe picture messages or video calls gone…
Window shopping on different websites gone…
Why you ask because you may choose for free basic but that means you will be paying for all the other websites or applications that you want to use on Internet.
Also, it will take out the competition for big giants too, as they can pay the Internet service providers (ISP) to speed up their website and slow down the competition website. For example if we have two shopping websites if one who pays higher to the Internet service provider(ISP) they will slow down the other website which leave you no choice but to switch to the website which is faster. Because let’s face it what is worse than no Internet is slow Internet.
And it’s a nightmare for newbie’s because they do not have enough money to pay the ISP and it will kill the new ideas in early stage, let’s say when we were using Orkut as social-site and Facebook was new there was no way it could make its mark like it did in past few years.
So I think it is important for all of us to support “Net Neutrality” not “Free Basics” if we want our freedom to use Internet and surf the website, use applications of our choice without any restrictions or third party interference.
You can send mail to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) or visit the link
https://www.savetheinternet.in to support Net Neutrality as “Save the Internet” not for “Free Basics” and express your views.