Net Neutrality is equal access to all data at the same speed at the same cost. Of course, the cost factor isn’t the important part. The important part is equal access to data. Today, we all pay for “Internet” access. But what if that changes tomorrow? Would you use WhatsApp if you had to buy a “WhatsApp pack”? Or a “Facebook pack”. Or “Flipkart pack”?? Nope. That spoils the whole need of the “Internet”. That's where Net Neutrality comes in.
Net Neutrality is the way to avoid this from happening. Net Neutrality is equivalent to Internet freedom - to do what you want on the internet without losing speed or having to pay extra for a “free” service.
The TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) has never had a regulation about Net Neutrality. Hence players like Airtel (and Flipkart, which has backed out now) are creating collaborations to enable access to only particular apps over the network, and users would have to pay more to access other apps/sites. The Airtel Zero plan is an example of this. But why is this happening?
Telecom Service Providers complain that due to over-the-internet services like WhatsApp and Skype, they are incurring huge losses due to more users switching to these better-than-voicecall and cheaper online options. They feel that charging money for these free online services will help recover all the financial need in expanding networks, building towers and covering up other expenses. This reason is legit, but think about it… the country’s Internet might just become a monopoly of these Telecom companies. When the Internet was invented, its foundation was based on Net Neutrality, which might just be violated by these Telecom companies.
So what do we do? As always, we netizens need to protest. And this protest has already grown into a countrywide issue. Twitter is trending it, Facebook shows the rage. There are hundreds, if not more, articles on this issue, all trying to convince people to support Net Neutrality.
And as a citizen, more importantly a netizen, you can help resolve the issue. Support Net Neutrality by hitting all these links:
(181,000 supporters already, need 200,000)
(The must-send mail to TRAI, pre-written. Just hit “Respond to TRAI now")
(AIB Video, do watch!)
Again, it is us netizens who want cheap, fast and equal access to internet. For that, Net Neutrality is a core requirement. Do show your support! Please share this blog post link (www.technonerdsblog.com/blog/net-neutrality-why-care) with all your friends and family or use the like/tweet buttons below.
(Disclaimer: I do not want to be biased on Net Neutrality in this article. I have simply put facts as they have come to me. Also, I might not have provided all the information on the topic, and my content may differ from content on other sources.)