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Research Paper | Computer Science & Engineering | Malaysia | Volume 4 Issue 12, December 2015
Net Neutrality in India ? Problems and Prospects
Leela Krishna Ganapavarapu  | Kiranmayi Bodapati | Sireesha Prathigadapa
Abstract: Net Neutrality is extremely important for small business owners, start-ups and entrepreneurs, who can simply launch their businesses online, advertise the products and sell them openly, without any discrimination. It is essential for innovation and creating job opportunities. Big companies like Google, Twitter and several others are born out of net neutrality. With increasing Internet penetration in India and given that we are becoming a breeding ground for start ups and entrepreneurs, the lack of net neutrality should worry us greatly. Besides, it is very important for freedom of speech, so that one can voice their opinion without the fear of being blocked or banned. To put it out straight, if there is no net neutrality, the Internet wont function as weve known it too. It will mean Internet Service Providers (ISP) will be able to charge companies like YouTube or Netflix as they consume more bandwidth, and eventually the load of the extra sum will be pushed to the consumers. Similarly, ISPs can then create slow as well as fast Internet lanes, which will mean all websites cannot be accessed at the same speed and one can do so only on paying an additional sum. For instance, currently, you have a standard data package and access all the content at the same speed, irrespective of whether its an international website or Local. Similarly, ISPs can also charge extra for the free calls you make using services like WhatsApp, Skype and others, and eventually the load of additional payable sum by the OTT players will be pushed onto consumers.
Keywords: Internet Neutrality, Service providers, communication and TRAI
Edition: Volume 4 Issue 12, December 2015,
Pages: 217 - 222