The failure to impose a tiered internet system in the United States by wireless communication service providers in that country has not stopped their Indian counterparts from making the same attempt in India. Telecommunication service providers (TSP) in India have supplicated the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) to introduce a service model that would allow them to charge users for ‘over the top’ (OTT) services such as Skype, WhatsApp, Google Talk and others, in addition to existing internet usage charges.
In order to gather public opinion on this matter, TRAI published a consultation paper on 27 March 2105 and requested citizens to respond by 24 April. Advocates of net neutrality in India, who wish to maintain the internet in its current free and fair form, are conducting several online social media campaigns to get ordinary people to sign petitions to TRAI.
They are calling on Indians to join hands in signing a petition demanding TRAI keep the Internet evenly accessible to all and urging people to contact their elected representatives and get this issue resolved through parliament. They are also appealing to all parliamentarians and political leaders to rise above political leanings and support this initiative.
You too can add your voice to the online net neutrality campaign by visiting www.netneutrality.in and completing the simple petition process.
Visit the site and click on the link that says ‘Submit your response to TRAI’.
A new page opens; click on the link ‘Respond to TRAI now’.
A form opens with content highlighted in blue.
Copy the highlighted content and paste it into your email program.
Send it to email@example.com.
Also you can bcc to firstname.lastname@example.org which will allow them to note your vote.
Remember the last date to make your voice count is 24 April.