Savetheinternet.in, a volunteer-run campaign fighting for net neutrality in India has written a response to Airtel’s letter sent to its customers and employees.
The response, published yesterday, questions Airtel’s commitment to net neutrality based on its past history. It points out that Airtel Zero, which employs differential pricing for content, with some sites costing zero is a violation of net neutrality. It also highlights instances where Airtel gave fast lane access to YouTube during IPL 2010, and how they had been throttling BitTorrent traffic in India for years.
It also quotes Tim-Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, who had explained how Net Neutrality is not just violated by blocking and throttling, but positive discrimination, such as when an ISP prefers one service over another.
“Airtel says that it will not block and not provide fast or slow lanes in the future, then there should be a mechanism holding it accountable to that pledge.” the coalition wrote.
SaveTheInternet.in was launched on April 11th by a volunteer run group of over 50 net neutrality supporters, to frame a response to TRAI’s consultation paper on the regulation of OTT services. The campaign has sent over 900,000 emails, and is averaging over 100,000 mails every 24 hours.
Read SaveTheInternet.in’s full response here
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