Indian Government has its keen eyes on Airtel Zero and its development – a platform launched by major Indian telecom operator, Bharti Airtel as an open marketing platform that will allow customers to access mobile applications at zero data charges. With the ongoing debate over Airtel Zero, Department of Telecom (DoT) has taken a step to judge whether Airtel Zero is going against the principles of net neutrality or not. ‘Airtel Zero’ has been taken as an emblematic stand by Bharti Airtel against the ongoing issue of network or ‘net’ neutrality in India since its launch.
“DoT is looking into finer details and whether it goes against the spirit of net neutrality”, one of the officials of DoT said.
Though Bharti Airtel has defended its new platform by claiming that it is making internet more accessible and driving more innovation. Airtel Zero is also being appreciated by the domestic e-commerce giant Flipkart. Sachin Bansal, CEO of Flipkart has cleared his stand on Airtel Zero by the series of following tweets.
Indian government has also formed a six member panel to study and analyze the subject of net neutrality thoroughly, which is expected to submit its report in the mid of May 2015. IT minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad supported net neutrality by saying, “Since internet is created by human beings, the common man should be having access to it without discrimination. The entire process of a committee of experts going into the pros and cons of the issue will benefit the government in making comprehensive decisions. This is the reason we are doing it independent of TRAI.”
Various campaigns have been conducted over internet to unite people for net neutrality , it is also being supported by Bollywood. The last date for netizens to send their views to TRAI on the issue is 24th of April while arguments against the principle are welcomed by TRAI till 8th of May, 2015.
P.S.: Just don’t go with multitude, go through the arguments of both the sides, I’d suggest to read the consultation paper of TRAI. Share your genuine opinion and send answers of questions asked in consultation paper to TRAI.