Net Neutrality? What is Net Neutrality? Why is it so important? And why are we voicing in our support for it? Well, don’t confuse yourself. We will break things down for you. For now, let’s just say that we are doing what we can – a teeny-tiny part, to help Save the Internet!
Internet is common for everyone, without any discrimination. But recently, with Airtel launching the controversial Airtel Zero platform, the freedom of the internet itself is in jeopardy Before we go any further, let’s break this big concept into tiny bits for easy understanding.
What is Net Neutrality?
Net Neutrality means
- All websites are equal and all content online must be equally accessible.
This means that you get access to every content that is online. Be it your favorite song, a funny video or an interesting article, you MUST be able to access everything you like without any discrimination.
2. All data on the internet must be accessible at the exact same speed, no matter what telecom operator you are enrolled with.
Every website you go to, must load with the exact same speed. One website loading faster than another is not acceptable.
Why is Net Neutrality important?
Net Neutrality is important because
- It helps avoid any unnecessary advantage a website may have over other websites.
Let us explain this a bit. If suppose Dailymotion, a video streaming website relatively less popular than Youtube joins hands with your telecom operator. Then, in such a case, you get free access to Dailymotion website but you have to pay something extra for streaming videos on Youtube. How does that sound? Getting ready to support net neutrality already?
2. Any unfair advantage in the loading speed of a website is avoided.
Now, let’s again take Dailymotion and Youtube as an example. Suppose Dailymotion has a deal with your telecom operator, you get to access Dailymotion at a good speed but not Youtube. The speed is so pathetic that you are forced to use Dailymotion for your daily share of video fun.
Now you must be thinking if this thing can actually turn real. The sad truth is, it is becoming a reality. Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has put out a 118-page paper on March 27th titled, “Consultation Paper for Regulatory Framework for Over-the-top (OTT) services” which lays down the framework against net neutrality.
TRAI has set the deadline for hearing complaints against the framework paper as April 24th. Till date, only about 4.5 lakh mails have been sent against the framework paper. This is really sad
Why Twenty19 supports Net Neutrality?
We at Twenty19 believe that everyone must be given the equal chance to survive and succeed. We believe in competition because we love it
Just because a company has unlimited funds shouldn’t give it an added advantage over its competitors. A start-up with an innovative idea shouldn’t be nipped in the bud because a big company has loads of money.
This is the exact reason why we are voicing our support for net neutrality. So, if you think that you should have the freedom to access ANY site WITHOUT ANY discrimination, then speak up and make your opinion count.
What should you do?
Go to www.savetheinternet.in and type in your name and email address. With just a couple of clicks you can send a mail to TRAI and register your complaint. Tweet using the hastag #SaveTheInternet and tell your family and friends to do the same.
“At Twenty19, we witness everyday, the real transformational power of the internet. College students across India truly benefit from the opportunities that is only possible because of their access to internet. We strongly support net neutrality because we believe it will truly empower the youth of the nation. ” – Karthikeyan Vijayakumar, CEO