Flipkart, India’s largest online retailer, has shelved controversial plans to offer free access to its mobile app under a deal with Bharti Airtel.
According to Sanchit Vir Gogia, chief executive officer of Greyhound Research, an information technology analysis company, differential pricing by telecom companies and Internet service providers (ISPs) will hurt India’s emerging digital economy.
“All consumers of web-based services will become entirely dependent on their Internet service provider for access to basic web-based apps that were earlier free,” he told the Nikkei Asian Review.
Gogia said net neutrality means ISPs and the spectrums they use should continue to be regarded as public utilities and resources all can access.
“Accepting this principle would mean that ISPs will not control or block any web-sites or web-based service providers,” he said.
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