A panel constituted by the ministry of Telecom, on the issue of “internet neutrality” has submitted its report to the government. The report is to be made public in a few days on the official website of the ministry.
Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar prasad, speaking on it said ” Yes, we have received the report from the panel. I have sent a copy of the same to the TRAI to consider. The report will be made public soon on the ministry’s official website”.
The concept of Net-neutrality gained more importance after a business step from the Telecom giant Airtel, which gives free access to selected sites through its platform “Airtel Zero”. The platform enables its users to access selected sites which are part of the program, with free data charges. This idea drawn a wide spread criticism from the internet consumers and telecom experts.
The internet users claim that they will not tolerate any VIP culture in the internet and demanded that every site should be treated a like.
Through the new scheme, internet freedom could be reduced. The sites which are enrolled under the free platform will get additional benefits than others who cannot afford to enter the platform. Thus there will not be any healthy competition. Moreover, the bandwidth control will be completely under the network providers authority, which mean that the network operator is the controller of what the end user should browse, The Hindu reports.
Internet users staged protest against it demanding equality of space for all the sites, terming it as Net-neutrality. The DoT constituted a committee to look after into this regard, it also asked the customers to tell their opinions on the issue. The department of Telecom Ministry has also ordered a probe into the issue. The result of the Net-neutrality’s outcome will be decided by the central cabinet.