Congress today welcomed the TRAI’s decision to negate differential data pricing and ensuring net neutrality and said it “vindicates” Rahul Gandhi’s consistent stand on the issue. “The decision, though taken after contradictory posturing on part of the Government, vindicates the demands raised consistently and unequivocally by Rahul Gandhi as indeed millions of net neutrality supporters across the country,” party’s chief spokesman Randeep Surjewala said in a statement. Also Read - TRAI's new SMS regulations will prevent spam, fraudulent messages: Here's howAlso Read - Starlink satellite broadband service faces challenge in India, Elon Musk led company questioned
Congress, he said, salutes the spirit and resolve of the netizens. “It proves that determination and grit of 21st century Indians on an idea like ‘free internet’ founded on core value of ‘freedom’ can win over the interest of big lobbyists and corporations.”
“We hope that now the government will look seriously and sincerely into the issue of call drops that is affecting nearly 100 crore mobile phone users across service providers,” he said.
Surjewala expressed the hope that the government will continue to listen to the voice of people and take decisions in support of their cause rather than “further the profiteering motives of a few”.
Rahul Gandhi had last week accused the government of delaying a decision on the issue of net neutrality on “pretext” of repeated discussions and took a dig at Prime Minister Narendra Modi, saying his ‘Digital India‘ scheme cannot become a “euphemism” for an Internet controlled by large remote corporations.