Only 24 Hours To Uphold The Internet’s Independence: Act Now !

The Logical Indian

August 14th, 2015 / 9:55 PM

Image: huffingtonpost.com

Despite receiving emails from more than 1 million Indian citizens in favour of Net Neutrality, the Department of Telecommunications has once more asked for your comments on this issue. However, things are different this time, as you have only 24 hours to voice your opinion!

As DoT’s last draft report proposes, telecom operators will be allowed to offer zero-rated services as per their own choice, provided the services are approved by the govt. on a case-by-case basis. Besides directly violating the idea of net neutrality, such ambiguous and subjective statements are an invitation to bribery and corruption.

So once again, it’s time to get yourself heard by our government. Here’s how the government wants you to voice your opinion:

Step 1: Register on mygov.in here: https://mygov.in/user/register/ (you will be asked for an email authentication)

Step 2: Submit your responses here: https://mygov.in/group-issue/give-your-comments-or-suggestions-recommendations-committee-net-neutrality/

We are adding a few points in support of upholding net neutrality. Please use these only as a reference to phrase your own comment:

• Net Neutrality means access to EVERYTHING without discrimination. Don’t allow telecom operators to change the definition of Net Neutrality. We want everyone to get access, but to all of the Internet. Don’t allow creation of private walled gardens.

• No licensing of apps. No zero rating. No throttling/slowing down of websites/services. Equal access to all sites, apps. This is a must for Digital India.

• Zero rating allows large companies to act as gatekeepers of the Internet, and control which services Indians can access, which must be prohibited. The DoT draft recommendations are too weak on this, and the Govt must take a strong stand to protect users.

• Zero rating will enable well-funded Internet companies to purchase captive user bases, killing off smaller competitors and then increasing prices to recover the cost. It will decrease choice and harm consumers not only on the zero rating plans but also on the open Internet. The Govt should prohibit zero rating completely instead of giving approval on a case-by-case basis.

• Case-by-case approval of zero rating, as proposed in the report, is an invitation to lobbying and corruption. The government should make objective, unambiguous rules, not leave complex decisions affecting crores in profits to some corruptible bureaucrats. Remember that this is an industry that has already demonstrated that it has no qualms about paying huge bribes at the highest levels of government.

• There should be no license-permit raj for the web. The Govt must not adopt regressive measures such as forcing licenses for Internet communication services or mobile apps. The proposal to license VoIP is completely against the consumer interest — it will decrease choice, increase prices and stifle innovation.


Contributors

Edited by :

Share your thoughts..

Related Stories

Cryptocurrency Transactions With Banks End; Now Exchange Possible Only With Peers

Tripura: Internet Services Suspended For 48 Hours After Anti-Rumor Campaigner And Two Others Were Lynched To Death

Last Male Northern White Rhino Dies; Subspecies Now Survived Only By 2 Female White Rhinos

GST

GST Reduction: Only 50 Items Now Remain In The Highest 28% GST Slab

Virat Kohli Times Now

Times Now’s Shaming Of Indian Cricketers In The Name Of Martyrs Is Not Only Wrong But Dangerous

Govt Officials Speech Hindi

From Now On, Govt Officials Who Know Hindi Will Be Required To Give Speeches Only In Hindi

Latest on The Logical Indian

News

Goa: Over Formalin Scare In Fishes, Govt Bans Import From Karnataka & Other States

News

“Fantastic. Ex-Minister Not Traceable”: SC Slams Bihar Police For Failing To Arrest Manju Verma Linked With Shelter Home Sex Abuse

News

Burdened With Debt, Maharashtra Farmer Builds A Pyre & Sets Himself Alight

Environment

In Just 3 Hours Of Rain, Chennai Apartment Collects 1 Lakh Litres Of Water

News

Kolkata-Based NGO Rescues One Out Of 62 Indians Enslaved In Malaysia

News

Head Of Dept Sexually Harassed 28-Yr-Old Trainee Doctor, Post Which She Committed Suicide: CID Report

x

Stories that deserve attention, delivered to your inbox!

Handpicked, newsworthy stories which deserve the attention of a rational generation.