Every data packet must be treated same, no discrimination must be there in internet world, doesn’t matter if the operator is providing a service free or a website is providing its service free – this is net neutrality. After Airtel Zero, now it’s time for Facebook’s internet.org to face consequences of ongoing debate of net neutrality in India.
Flipkart walked out of Airtel Zero on 14th April, 2015 and the next day, Cleartrip, Times Group, NDTV and Newshunt walked out of Facebook’s internet.org initiative. Times Group announced that it’d pull out its all services from internet.org if its competitors like NDTV, IBNLive, NewsHunt, India Today and BBC also pull out. Consequently, NDTV’s co-founder Pronnoy Roy tweeted this, followed by NewsHunt,
Facebook which launched internet.org in collaboration with seven mobile companies had fine intention of spreading internet in remote areas that too free of cost in 32 countries including India. In India, Facebook opted Reliance Communications to spread services of internet.org which featured 38 websites including Facebook, Wikipedia, Bing, 12 news websites and 3 job sites before facing net neutrality row. Click here to read more about internet.org.
Political parties and politicians too have started giving their stand on the issue. Ajay Maken of Indian National Congress backed principles of net neutrality and said, benefitting telecom operators over network neutrality would fetch burden on common man. While, Yuva Sena chief and son of Uddhav Thackeray, Aditya Thackeray supported net neutrality, considered it essential for plans of ruling government like Smart Cities and wrote a letter to TRAI expressing his views on the issue. The website, Savetheinternet.in has sent over 6 lacs emails to TRAI and counting. After all the events over the issue of net neutrality till date, it’d be challenging for TRAI and Indian government to make certain decisions.