Net neutrality war in India reaches Parliament: Rahul Gandhi tears into Modi government
Net neutrality discussion in the country seems to have given the status of the fiercely independent internet users in the world. Before the beginning of the latest net neutrality discussion no one had thought that the Indian consumers will come out so strongly against any effort to strangulate the internet.
But as more and more business establishment try to come out of the contentious Airtel Zero and another similar plan initiated by Facebook, the people opposed to strangulate net neutrality are gaining in power and stature.
Now Congress party vice president Rahul Gandhi too has openly come in favor of the net neutrality. He has gone to demand a debate on the issue in the Lok Sabha. The Congress leader went to the extent of giving notice for the adjournment of the Question Hour and wants the Lok Sabah to debate net neutrality.
Mr Gandhi said, â€œI am going to speak a few words on net neutrality in Parliamentâ€. Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Wednesday that the Modi government is serious about the net neutrality issue. â€œTelecom Commission will look into the recommendation of TRAI and then take final decisionâ€¦PM Narendra Modi himself supports the activism of youth on social media and the internetâ€ Ravi Shankar Prasad added.
Telecom operators and internet activists are at loggerheads with each other over maintaining equal access to internet amid some service providers entering into tie-ups for offering free access to certain mobile apps and websites. Against this backdrop, the Competition Commission of India (CCI) member U C Nahta said that it is looking into whether entities are abusing their dominant position.