The CPI (M) welcomes the decision of the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) disallowing service providers from offering or charging discriminatory tariffs for data services on the basis of content. The CPI(M) has always held that net neutrality is a fundamental pillar of the internet.
Facebook is back with its game of trying to pretend that its platform is a substitute for the Internet, particularly for the poor. The originally controversial Internet.org is now back, re-branded as Free Basics, with full page ads in major papers, hoardings and a completely misleading on-line campaign using Facebook itself.
Net neutrality may appear to be a complex and an esoteric issue, and a concern only of the netizens. This is missing the point. Today, control over the internet is of vital importance to all of us; and this is what net neutrality is all about.