Net Neutrality Upheld - People's Victory
Free Software Movement of India hails the decision taken by TRAI that disallows the service providers to offer or charge discriminatory tariffs for data services on the basis of content being accessed by a consumer. TRAI carried out a thorough examination of the issues in the responses to its Consultation paper on the subject and taken a decision that upholds Net-neutrality. It has also made clear that it considers net neutrality to be the guiding principle of the internet.
TRAI has mentioned that they should keep close watch on implementation of the mandate by the service providers. The community also should be watchful and ensure that no back doors that would breach Net Neutrality be allowed.
This case of the consultation process stands out to be unique, where mighty corporations have come out spending huge money as advertisements in all forms of media and mould public opinion in their favour. The vigilant developer, activist, hacktivist communities and organisations had to fight it out in all means for Truth to Prevail. This consultation was a testimony to people's intellect against the corporate money based manoeuvre.
We congratulate all the organizations, individuals, activists, hackers and hacktivist communities who took part in this movement and voiced their views in support of net-neutrality.