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Net Neutrality debate: Experts brainstorm, seek greater clarity on internet freedom

Thu April 23 2015, 3:49 pm
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    Indian Express Wholetime Director & Head - New Media Anant Goenka at the Panel Discussion on Decoding Net Neutrality in New Delhi on Wednesday. (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

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    Net Neutrality debate has divided people into two camps. You are either for Net Neutrality or against, the latter stand hyphenating you with the telecom operators. There is no room for a middle ground. But a panel discussion titled ‘Decoding Net Neutrality’, hosted by FICCI in partnership with Financial Express at the India Habitat Centre on Wednesday, showed that the issue is too complicated to be coloured in black and white.

    From left: Policy Director of the Centre for Internet and Society Pranesh Prakash, Facebook’s head of public policy for South and Central Asia Ankhi Das, IAMAI president Dr Subho Ray, Financial Express MD Sunil Jain, Com First director Dr Mahesh Uppal, ICRIER chief executive Dr Rajat Kathuria, COAI director general Rajan Mathews, Rajya Sabha MP Rajeev Chandrasekhar and Lok Sabha MP Jay Panda. (Express Photo By Amit Mehra)

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    Starting off the discussion, Rajeev Chandrasekhar said that this issue is all about market abuse and market power and not as utopian as it sounds. He said that this debate is nothing new as regulators identified the problem long ago. Chandarasekhar added, “TRAI had recognized in 2006 that there is an opportunity to abuse by access providers.” (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

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    Facebook India’s Ankhi Das said that Internet.org is not for people who are already on the Internet. She explained, “Our objective is that it should be free and non-exclusive.” (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

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    COAI director general Rajan S Mathew said, “We have put the cart before the horse. What needs to be addressed first is online governance.” He also said that he doesn't think it is not fair to say that telcos can influence the govt.” (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

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    Jay Panda, Lok Sabha MP, said, “I have come out in favour of net neutrality despite the fact that my family will be benefiting from the lack of it. Whether fragmentation is desirable on the Internet or not, it needs to be debated. I am not in favour of fragmented access to the Internet.”

    Underlining his views, Jay Panda reiterated, “Spectrum may be limited but access won’t be in the future. I am against prioritizing packets over others.” He also said that governments have been behind the curve in Net Neutrality Debate and telcos have been benefitted from it. (Express photo by Amit Mehra)

    Read more: ‘Govt policy impeding net neutrality’

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    ICRIER chief executive Rajat Kathuria said that we need to figure out the best way to use this privately funded public good. He added, “We still haven’t so far.” (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

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    Com First director Dr Mahesh Uppal tries to find a common ground and said, “Everyone is against ‘arbitrary commercial’ prioritisation or throttling.” (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

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    Subho Ray said, “There should be no blocking, throttling and preferential treatment.” (Express photo by Praveen Khanna)

    Read more: Decoding Net Neutrality: Everyone wants it, but no one wants to define it

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    Pranesh Prakash, Policy Director of the Centre for Internet and Society said, "An universally affordable model is important. We must ensure that the diversity that Internet provides is not lost.” Giving ab overarching view, he added, “Everyone benefits from Internet. What we need to figure out is whether everyone is getting paid enough.” (Express photo)

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