Call it Net neutrality, free Internet or open Internet. They all mean the same: Free access to the Internet, irrespective of company, service or content. That is what is in practice in India currently, but now, The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is planning to formulate new guidelines to check net neutrality.
“The selective and differential pricing levied by the Telcos/ISPs will definitely take a hit on India’s emerging digital economy. While rural India is still getting used to internet –based services for financial inclusion such as mWallets and online banking, the decision to monetize all web based apps will directly impact this part of the economy. Overall, 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.”
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