Net Neutrality

Since this is very much the need of the hour, and a very good friend forwarded this on WhatsApp, I thought I might as well give it more vision through my blog.
So here it is.

What is net neutrality?

The principle that all traffic on internet should be treated the same.


So what’s happening now?

TRAI consultation paper (open to comments till April 24) is the first step in potentially allowing operators to discriminate internet traffic.


How does this impact me?

1. Your internet bill could go up.
2. Apps you love may no longer work.

ISPs and Telcos could charge you more. When you buy a 1 Gb data pack, you can use it for anything you wish. Without neutrality, you could be forced to buy a Skype pack for Skype calls, a video pack to watch YouTube and dailymotion.

Or you could be charged a different rate for each service. 4p/10 KB if you are browsing, but 10p/10 KB for VoIP calls. That would be like your milkman telling you 30 Rs/L if you make tea, but 60 Rs/L if you make milkshake.

You could be denied service as well. Telcos could decide that WhatsApp or Viber is eating into their sms revenue and block them completely.
Or  Airtel could block gaana, saavn, hungama, rdio etc and allowed access only to wynk (owned by airtel)


Hmm.. I want to know more.

Sure follow the links here:
Well written article:
A video explanation:
Another cool video:
Take some Action:


OK. Got it. What can I do?
Let TRAI know that you hate this idea. Go to and follow the instructions to email TRAI letting them know of your displeasure.


Anything else I can do?

Yes. Inform family and friends about net neutrality and TRAI’s attempts to kill it (under pressure from telcos probably).


Please share this message with everyone you know.
Shared in the interest of the public.


Author: Annapurani Vaidyanathan

I hoard books for a living. And read them too, when I am not sleeping. I express what I think, so my unheard feelings don't sink. I like to sing when I walk, to keep shades grey, at bay. I speak like a dork, but I don't want to drive anyone away. I write what's real, and nothing fake, so visit my blog whenever you need a break ;)

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