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Save The Internet: It's not just Airtel; Reliance, Tata Docomo and Idea don't support net neutrality either


Airtel has been ridiculed over its stand against net neutrality ever since it introduced Airtel Zero. While the entire Internet community has been barraging the telecom operator for taking away the rights of equal Internet with its new initiative, other telecom operators have been deceptively quiet over their stand on net neutrality. A little digging into the services that Reliance, Tata Docomo and Idea Cellular provide, and we are introduced to ‘pay per site’ and ‘app’ packs from all the three, thereby testifying their stand on net neutrality.

Reddit India has been one of the many pioneering the cause since a long time, and after AIB’s video went viral it has been dishing out even more information to spread awareness, while urging influentials to support the cause. It was the first one to spot that the above mentioned telecom operators have already got packs that go against the principles of net neutrality. Tata Docomo has a ‘pay per site’ tariff plans, which offers different prices for different speed on different OTT services like Gmail, Facebook, Twitter, LinkedIn and more.

Reliance has Facebook and WhatsApp packs for its GSM subscribers for Rs 16 per month and Idea Cellular offering similar service packs for Rs 40 per month.

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For all those who don’t already know, net neutrality is built on the idea that all sites should be equally accessible, at the same speed, and if there is a cost of access, it should be the same for all. However, telecom operators have been pushing TRAI to amend rules that allow them to charge customers for OTT services, which is against the basic fabric of net neutrality.

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If how you access services and apps on the Internet, and at what speed is in the hands of telecom operators, it is a huge disadvantage to the small players who can’t afford to fill up pockets of companies like Airtel, Tata Docomo and Reliance. Also, if Internet speed and fee varies with every app or website, telecom operator will get the power to charge you at every step of the way burning further holes in your pockets.

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Tech leaders in India have been actively debating about net neutrality, and have been making their voice heard on the matter. TRAI is welcoming suggestions till April 24, and you too can put in your voice to use by supporting net neutrality. Head over to and share the link with the hashtag #SaveTheInternet on social platforms.

We’ve contacted Reliance, Tata Docomo and Idea Celluar on this and are awaiting reply. We will update this story as soon as we get a response.

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  • Published Date: April 13, 2015 1:10 PM IST
  • Updated Date: April 13, 2015 1:19 PM IST

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