Net Neutrality is in Safe hands in India; says Ravi Shankar Prasad

TRAI has recently finalized its report on Net Neutrality where it prohibited internet service providers from making any changes in Internet traffic.

Net Neutrality in India

In the time when the World with the United States losing their mind on the right to reserve “Net Neutrality” a good news came from Law and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad for India as he says “Net Neutrality” is in safe hands in India. He had previously denied permission to Facebook’s Free Basics platform which wants to diversify the internet traffic when he was handling the portfolio of the communications ministry.

“Right to access of internet cannot be denied” So I denied the Facebook Free Basic proposal I found it will be free only when you enter from the particular gate.

India does not believe in one gate, and I did not give them permission for that, Prasad said while speaking at the Digital India Summit. He said it is for the USA to decide their stand on net neutrality but Our stand from day one is very clear – right of non-discriminatory access to the Internet is not negotiable

Net Neutrality in India
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Well, this great news came when the FCC’s Republican majority approved Chairman Ajit Pai’s plan to cut the Net Neutrality protections in America. Without the Net Neutrality rules, companies like AT&T, Comcast and Verizon will be able to call all the shots and decide which websites, content and applications succeed can now slow down their competitors’ content or block political opinions they disagree with. They can charge extra fees to the few content companies that can afford to pay for preferential treatment while American people are losing up their minds on Net Neutrality which also made Indian people concerned for but thankfully Ravi Shankar Prasad has denied it and said there is nothing to worry about it

Previously TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) in February 2016 had led to banning of platforms like Free Basics and Airtel Zero on discriminatory pricing over internet access, and said the operators are not allowed to filters content or block website as per their liking.

The Company who find violating these rules will be fined Rs 50,000 per day for the duration of the contravention, subject to a maximum of Rs 50 lakh. It was last month where TRAI finalized its report on net neutrality in which it prohibited internet service providers from making any discrimination in traffic and allowing free flow of apps, websites, and services

Net Neutrality in India

“I believe the internet is one of the finest creation of mankind and must be available for all. If the Internet is a global platform it must have the link with local,” Ravi Shankar Prasad said. The Government also need “Net Neutrality” to make India as an emerging Digital economy and promotes Digital India.

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