As a citizen of this beautiful country and also as an active user of the internet, I wish to present my views on this subject.
As the title suggests neutrality, my thoughts too are neutral. But it becomes necessary to derive specific conclusion and that is what I shall attempt to do in this article. .
For those of you whose staple diet is the internet and yet don’t know what net neutrality is, I don’t think you are actually living in this world of internet. For the newbies, here is the explanation of why there is so much chaos around this topic.
We all demand for equality at all stages of life. In the same way here the data on the internet is demanding equality from us. The core idea of the internet and the main reason for its success is that it is free to use and economically affordable for all its users.
In contradiction to net neutrality is the idea that internet service providers are permitted to charge money, more than what we usually pay for using internet. For instance; if I am using the service of Internet Service Provider (ISP) named X paying them the price they have demanded for using net, I also have to pay extra for using Whatsapp to them. This is unfair since it depends on me which service I would like to use on the internet and my ISP has no right to restrict me as what I can access and what I cannot on my data network.
Also, ISPs would provide excellent speed for a few websites which are associated with them, while reduce the speed of those that refuse to pay them.
The telecom operators or the ISPs are claiming that they are suffering huge losses and hence they wish to have zero rating, i.e. no charges and excellent speed for a few websites, and extra charges and slow speed for others. I feel if this is accepted, the internet as a whole will be suffering a huge loss.
According to me this is a vague idea to charge for everything that you do on the internet. It is equivalent to corruption of the internet. Give money and get access and if you don’t pay, say bye bye to your internet.
People all over the country are supporting the idea of net neutrality and I am one of those supporting it as well, because I cannot afford to lose the power of Google from my fingertips nor can I let my online teachers shut down. I am sure you share the same views as mine.
The reason for net neutrality being essential is that the whole concept of forming the internet is based on it. Internet was formed to connect people, for them to understand the very idea of this world irrespective of their caste, race, economic conditions etc. Today, people might not have a television at their homes but only a negligible number lack internet access.
Internet is essential and hence it is necessary to be kept neutral if we want the world to grow and succeed. It has now become the respiratory organ of people and we won’t be able to survive without it