There has been so much of buzz about the term “Net Neutrality” since so many months and it was making day to day headlines in the top newspapers and news channels. But still people are unaware of the real meaning of “Net Neutrality” and the impact it will create on our daily internet usage.
We asked many people about their views on Net Neutrality and we found that many though aware with the term, but really didn’t understand its concept. So we thought of giving the deep insights on Net Neutrality and questions revolving around it.
So what is Net Neutrality ?
If we go by definition, Net Neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers ( ISPs) should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favouring or blocking particular products or websites.
Oops.. did we make it even worse ? Actually Net Neutrality is itself an abhorrent sounding technical term which lacks an easy definition.
Here’s what it really means in layman terms.
Telecom operators/ISPs ( like Vodafone, Airtel , Idea etc) are gateway providers who give us the internet facility so that we can use it to access whatever we want . But consider if they can even control how much we access, what we access, even how fast we access and how much we have to pay to access content and services on the internet then.
For us its important to have the freedom to choose on what to access and we don’t want anyone to have control over that.
Let’s take a small example to explain this in detail.
Consider that you being a shopaholic and love shopping online from all the wonderful apps that we have now in India due to fast growing e- commerce zone. If you are planning to buy a pair of shoes for yourself and you check on internet for the same and you see that your service operator has provided you access to only Amazon or lets say Flipkart or Myntra is opening very slowly and you are tired of being waiting. So eventually you will have only option left i.e. to buy it from Amazon. This is how the service providers want to control our internet usage and thats why we as the end consumers need Net Neutrality. Websites like Amazon, Flipkart will pay the service providers so that people have access to their own websites and there won’t be a fair marketplace left on internet.
So to ingress our freedom we need to support Net Neutrality.
We want :
– All sites must be equally accessible
– The same access speed for each ( independent of telecom selection ).
– The same data cost for access to each site (per KB/MB).
This means, Net Neutrality is about:
– No telecom-style licensing of Internet companies
– No gateways, censorship or selection;
– No speeding up of specific websites ( that may or may not pay telecoms ).
– No “zero rating” or making some sites free over others.
Lets save the internet.