The government proposal to call for public comments on the Net Neutrality policy framework has so far got over 61,000 responses.
A cursory glance at the message reveals that many in the public are against licensing of apps like WhatsApp, Skype, Viber and are arguing that Net Neutrality should not be defined by the telecom companies.
Also many responses appear to be a copy-paste text of each other. The following message has been used the most by those who have left comments on the mygov.in portal.
“1 We do not want Net Neutrality to be defined by Telecom Companies.
2. We do not want Telecom Companies to control what we access on the net and allow them to charge us money for accessing certain websites/applications on the Internet.
3. We want to be able to access anything, at any time, without having to pay more for it separately.
4. We do not licensing for Whatsapp, Viber, Skype or any other application.
5. Access to all content on the internet should be free of any restrictions.”
Last Saturday, the government had extended the deadline for submission of public comments on the proposed policy framework for ‘net neutrality’ till August 20.
“Last date for submission of suggestions and comments on report of committee on Net Neutrality through discussion forum under MyGov.in has been extended till August 20, 2015,” the Department of Telecom said in a notice on its website.
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TRAI in April had received over 1 million comments on its paper over Net Neutrality with majority demanding implementation of principle. The panel has proposed regulation of domestic calls through Internet-based apps like Skype, Whatsapp and Viber by putting them on par with services offered by telecom operator. However, the committee has suggested a liberal approach to app-based international calls.
More recently comedy group AIB had released a new video on Net Neutrality and asked citizens to add their comments on the Mygov.in portal. “We need to hold the DoT accountable for Internet freedom,” said the video, which told India’s netizens to not be lazy and not get their comments logged as the fight for Net Neutrality was far from over.
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