Internet in India is at Risk. Telecoms service providers and Content providers are violating Net Neutrality in various means. This will not ensure equal Internet for everyone as how it is right now. This will create an artificial scarcity for knowledge & information which otherwise is freely flowing in nature.
TRAI (Telecoms Regulatory Authority of India) is asking opinion from Public whether or not they support Net Neutrality. This is our chance to make our voice heard. For your convenience, we are providing you with the content for email.
What should I do?
- Read the email content below.
- Copy the email content.
- Use Subject as “I Support Net Neutrality” for the email.
- Send email to firstname.lastname@example.org by pasting the copied content in the message.
- Share this message with your friends too.
- Use #IndiaWantsNetNeutrality hashtag on Social Networks.
Last two-three decades have shown us the power of people communicating to each other independently, peer to peer over the INTERNET. The world of Free Software, Wikipedia, Khanacademy, MOOCs(Massive Open Online Courses), Arxiv.org, to name a few would not have been possible had people not been able to express, share, and spread their views over INTERNET. Internet has made it possible to decentralize knowledge andmake it accessible to people across the world.
On similar lines, Facebook, Gmail, Whatsapp, are just few examples of how corporates have made use of INTERNET and made available platforms to enable people to communicate easily with very little technical knowledge. They have come up with own business models across this also.
But though all these are the major and well known players in the INTERNET world, they just form a very small part of the actual INTERNET world. Internet comprises of millions of websites, each trying to communicate some idea to its viewers. Like Facebook provides a platform to communicate with your friends, a blogger like Avijit Roy may use his blog as a platform to spread his views on religion. Like Gmail provides mailing service, Riseup.net may provide mailing list services to activists organizations. Whatsapp may provide services for people to chat using their mobile, where as TOR may be used by people to browse
All of these wide range of entities (individuals/organizations/corporates) are making use of Internet in their own way. Calling only a few of them OTT(Over The Top) Service would definitely be wrong as each entity provides some or other service. Some may make money over donations, some others by displaying ads and some by selling ads. However that should not be a reason to differentiate their content or service over the INTERNET.
All of the content over INTERNET should be treated equally irrespective of how they are accessed, used or monetized. I would request government of India not to take steps towards breaking fundamental aspects of INTERNET which is one of the humanity’s greatest invention. Net Neutrality is a must for future of Internet.
Email Content Source Credit: Vignesh Prabhu of FSMK (http://blog.viggy.in/?p=836)