NSUI jumps in to Save The Internet; takes up cause of Net neutrality

26 05
It is critical to uphold net neutrality and reject any move towards discriminatory pricing of of Internet apps and Web services.

The National Students' Union of India (NSUI) has come out in support of Net Neutrality and an open internet. On Monday, the NSUI issues a statement that said the Congress party and NSUI "believe that it is critical to uphold net neutrality and reject any move towards licensing and discriminatory pricing of Internet applications and Web services." They also said, net neutrality requires all network providers to treat all content, applications and services equally, without price discrimination. In a statement issued by NSUI national president Roji M John, the student's wing of the Congress party said it was "rather unfortunate that Telecom companies are trying to throttle the neutrality of the internet by discriminating between services with an agenda to loot the public. They have classified the following as "over-the-top" services and intend to charge extra with different price tags for WhatsApp, Facebook Messenger, BBM, Skype, Viber, Snapchat, Instagram, Flipkart, Ola, online games, music streaming services etc. We find this ridiculous because all these services are the whole reason why we pay for Internet access in the first place. It is to be noted that such attempts of differential pricing has been made illegal in many countries like Brazil, The Netherlands, Ecuador, Chile, United States of America etc by enacting stringent Net Neutrality Laws." Accusing the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India of not making enough efforts to create awareness about net neutrality among the general public, NSUI has said TRAI has released, instead, "a mind-numbing 118 page consultation paper which isn't just incomprehensible for the masses but also, leans towards the interest of the Telecom companies. It does not take a neutral and balanced view of the subject, making sweeping assumptions about the Internet and reiterating claims made by one segment of the telecom industry without any proof. This clearly indicates whose side they are on. We urge TRAI to commit to outlining measures to, in practice, protect and advance net neutrality for all Indians." NSUI has also demanded that the NDA government take a stand that upholds the interest of the netizens instead of being "hand-in-glove with the Telecom companies in looting people." They have also enlisted the support of internet users in contributing to saving the internet by signing a petition available on www.savetheinternet.in, in support of Net Neutrality. (Source: The Times of India)