The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, on Tuesday upheld the basic principles of net-neutrality and prohibited internet service providers from making any discrimination in internet services.
Big debate about net-neutrality started when in 2015, Facebook launched internet.org in association with Reliance Communications which aimed to provide free internet services which included 38 websites, and Bing was the search engine.
Sunil Mittal, CEO of Bharti Airtel, criticised the concept and said, “If you are going to make the data free, then let’s do completely philanthropic projects. Government must make spectrum free, there should be free network, but it is not happening.”
In April 2015, Airtel announced the “Airtel Zero” scheme. Under the scheme, app firms sign a contract and Airtel provides the apps for free to its customers. The reports of Flipkart, an e-commerce firm, joining the “Airtel Zero” scheme drew negative response. However, The Indian government blocked zero rating plans such as Airtel Zero and internet.org in view of net neutrality.
The current news states that no kind of manipulation of data speeds is to be allowed and all the data will be treated equal..