The Current Numbers And Why They Don’t Tell You The Right Story:
Currently out of the 24 lakh responses sent to TRAI on differential pricing almost 18 lakh are against net neutrality. Even after the extension of the deadline for submission, the number of responses sent through Facebook is over 18 lakhs which has understandably led to a massive number of people dissenting net neutrality. Most responses still do not contain specific answers to the questions posed by TRAI. The responses to TRAI’s consultation paper fails to give us an idea about the public’s stand on net neutrality as a major chunk of them have taken the form of a template provided by the social media giant.
In fact, a survey conducted by LocalCircles among 30,000 participants from across the country showed that 81% of the participants stood for net neutrality. This means that the public stance is completely different from what is actually being projected by TRAI’s responses.
The Positives From The Net Neutrality Debate Till Date:
The country witnessed one of its most constructive public discourses which was non-violent as well as circumspect. Despite majority of the replies being sent through Facebook there was a considerably large number of replies that came from other forums as well which has not happened before. This consultation paper had one of the largest number of respondents over 24 lakhs which speaks volumes about the quality and reach of the net neutrality debate.
On 11th April 2015, the YouTube comedy channel All India Bakchod(AIB) uploaded a video titled “Save The Internet” which urged people to send emails to TRAI supporting net neutrality. The video was all over social media and was re-shared numerous times by celebrities as well. Cleartrip.com, the Times Group, NewsHunt, and NDTV pulled out of the Facebook initiated Internet.org showing complete support towards net neutrality. On 23rd April 2015, various organizations under the ambit of Free Software Movement of India organized protests in various cities across India. The website savetheinternet.in was instrumental in creating a huge number of responses that were not from Facebook. The Logical Indian has also come out in support of net neutrality from the very beginning and ensured that proper information has reached its readers.
We would like to thank the TLI community members for their contribution to the net neutrality debate as well as the people of India who have actively taken part in the debate and have responded to TRAI in huge numbers.
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