FSMK Welcomes TRAI's ruling on differential pricing for data services


Free Software Movement Karnataka welcomes TRAI’s ruling that disallow
service providers to offer or charge discriminatory tariff for data
service of content being accessed by consumers. Also we use this
opportunity to congratulate everyone took part in campaign online as
well as offline to keep up the neutrality of the Internet. TRAI deserves
a special appreciation for conducting such a unique consultation
process where different aspects of the problem were heard and acted appropriately.
TRAI has carried out a thorough examination of the issues in the
responses to its Consultation paper on the subject and has finally taken
a decision that upholds net neutrality. It has also made clear that it
considers net neutrality to be the guiding principle of the internet.

It is clearly a people’s victory over corporate propaganda. Crores of
money was spent by corporate during the campaign to tear apart the
Internet. Media sources say that Facebook might have spent more than 100
crores of money exclusively for “free basics” campaign. Amidst all
these ad campaign and PRs we focused mainly on bringing awareness among
our masses through online and offline campaign with the available
resources which definitely contributed to raise a pro netneutrality
public opinion. This consultation was a testimony to people’s intellect
against the corporate money based maneuver.