Telecom Minister Prasad – Uphold Net Neutrality
TRAI Consultation Process Paused: In April, we used the SaveTheInternet.in website to email the TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India). Despite getting over a million emails from citizens, TRAI have delayed their report to Minister Prasad until they find a new chairman.
DOT Report Delayed: The report by a Department of Telecom (DoT) panel on net neutrality was supposed to be made public a few weeks ago, but it has been delayed. Media reports suggest that it will recommend allowing telecos to break one of the pillars of net neutrality.
Parliamentary Committee Consultation Underway: The only parties invited to the Parliamentary Standing Committee on IT’s first consultation were telecom companies, leading to widespread criticism. They finally met with civil society on the 1st of July, but media reports indicate that the chairperson is trying to justify the violation of net neutrality.
The Telecom Regulation Authority of India (TRAI) has released a 118 page consultation paper which essentially advocates for the IT Ministry to create a policy where telecom companies like Airtel, Idea and Vodafone charge us extra for services like Whatsapp and youtube.
If net neutrality is not upheld we would have to pay extra for apps, lose access to certain sites and potentially, slower internet speeds for sites that don’t pay Internet Service Providers (like Airtel and Vodafone) massive sums of money.
If you think TRAI should ensure these apps remain free, please sign this petition asking IT Minister, Ravi Shankar Prasad to stand strong and protect our rights to access all applications and content fairly and freely.