Bengaluru, April 14: Start-up IT firms and their investors have said they are at a disadvantageous position in the wake of giants like Airtel, RCom and Facebook coming out with schemes that restrict free Internet access to select platforms.
On Monday, April 14, Yuva Shiv Sena Aditya Thackeray urged the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to stall attempts to axe net neutrality which according to him will draw public ire and do lasting damage to the nation which is on the threshold of moving forward digitally. [Ending net neutrality will kill NDA's 'Make in India': Aditya Thackeray]
Bollywood superstar Shahrukh Khan on Sunday, April 12, also batted strongly for the internet freedom.
In March this year, Telecom regulator TRAI had released a paper inviting comments from users and companies on how over-the-top services should be regulated in the country. It has asked stakeholders to send suggestions by April 24 and counter arguments need to be submitted by May 8. [What is Net Neutrality?: Explained]
As millions of Indian netizens are signing the petition to save the internet, the microblogging website Twitter is abuzz with lots of reactions over free and fair internet access to all.
Here are some Twitter reactions on Net Neutrality:
The internet is a symbol of an equal opportunity society. It has levelled the world. It has to stay free & open. #Netneutrality— Harsha Bhogle (@bhogleharsha) April 14, 2015
My question in Rajya Sabha on Net Neutrality on 13/03/2015. U Turn by BJP Govt again. pic.twitter.com/Su01fkmKXy— digvijaya singh (@digvijaya_28) April 14, 2015
The power of digital democracy at play in India. This power alone will ensure we become true political democracy too! #NetNeutrality— Sanjay Pugalia (@sanjaypugalia) April 14, 2015