“When I invented the web, I didn't have to ask anyone's permission. Now, hundreds of millions of people are using it freely. I am worried that that is going to end in the USA. … Democracy depends on freedom of speech. Freedom of connection, with any application, to any party, is the fundamental social basis of the Internet, and, now, the society based on it. Let's see whether the United States is capable as acting according to its important values, or whether it is, as so many people are saying, run by the misguided short-term interests of large corporations. I hope that Congress can protect net neutrality, so I can continue to innovate in the internet space. I want to see the explosion of innovations happening out there on the Web, so diverse and so exciting, continue unabated.”
– Sir Tim Berners-Lee
These were the words of the inventor of World Wide Web when the fight for Net Neutrality was going on in USA, which was finally converted into victory on February 26, 2015. India is now facing a similar situation and we need to fight for the Net Neutrality with the same ferocity, because Internet is not a luxury, it’s a necessary utility.
Techtud is open to all and completely free, so was Virtual GATE 2015. Now, imagine that in future(without ‘Net Neutrality’) some company comes up with similar services (paid or free) and enters into some kind of commercial agreement with the telecom operators to provide their app for free along with higher bandwidth at their disposal. Initially, you may get some free demo packages but later on you will be consistently motivated for buying some premium pack. It’s also possible that, to create a huge customer base, everything can also be offered for free. Services like Techtud and Virtual GATE without any strong financial motive or backup will be left to struggle with low bandwidth, leading to a negative user experience. Users who will like to access them at higher bandwidth will have to pay for some ‘XYZ Bandwidth Booster’ pack. Lagging behind at the financial front and struggling with constantly decreasing user base, finally the services like Techtud and Virtual GATE will die a slow and painful death, leaving behind no competition for the services promoted by the telecom operators. With this tactfully created monopoly on their side, the surviving services will rule their domain autocratically, without any new or old service to challenge them on the competitive fronts like pricing or service quality.
Now, if you feel that something should be done to avoid such situations in future, then you don’t need to start any battle, because the war has already begun. Just visit www.savetheinternet.in and click the ‘Red Button (respond to TRAI now)’ and follow the guidelines to share your views with TRAI. We need Internet and now Internet is in need, over 3 lakh netizens have already emailed their opinion to TRAI. The initial impact of this growing awareness is so strong that recently the e-commerce giant Flipkart pulled out of the controversial Airtel Zero platform.
This is just the beginning, we need to join hands to add more weight to this movement. We must destroy this ploy and possibilities of any such future ploys. We should push for some strong legislations to protect ‘Net Neutrality’.
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