SME Times is powered by   
Search News
Just in:   • Goyal urges textile industry to focus on speed, skill and scale  • Goyal reviews the Amended Technology Up-gradation fund Scheme  • Stage set for pvt investment cycle  • Service rendered by govt, not its agency, only exempt from GST  • Cochin Airport ventures into hydropower production 
Last updated: 20 Apr, 2015  

karnika-seth-2015THMB.jpg Net Neutrality is the Oxygen of Internet: Karnika Seth

   Top Stories
» Goyal urges textile industry to focus on speed, skill and scale
» Goyal reviews the Amended Technology Up-gradation fund Scheme
» Stage set for pvt investment cycle
» PM interacts with domestic vaccine manufacturers
» Goyal calls for free trade within rules-based multilateral trading system
SME Times News Bureau | 20 Apr, 2015
An Internationally acclaimed Cyberlaw expert, Author and Jurist, Karnika Seth stands up for Net Neutrality. In an email interaction she claimed that Net Neutrality is the Oxygen of Internet.

She is the Managing partner of well established law firm Seth Associates & Founding partner of Lex Cyberia that specialisses in Cyberlaws practice.
Excerpts of her views...

Karnika Seth: The fundamental rubric of Internet is its neutrality. When we avail broadband services from any broadband provider, we expect it to remain neutral as opposed to prefer a particular website so that it does not over charge or waive  off charges  for  downloading or uploading or alter its speech based on preferential treatment. Internet is a powerful platform of information dissemination and communication and it is only so because it treats all businesses on a level playing field and gives   equal opportunity to one and all to thrive on the internet space.If this net neutrality is compromised, it will take away elixir of Internet –its oxygen or the driving force!. This is the reason why Airtel Zero plan received  much criticism and strong reactions from netizens compelled Flipkart withdrew its ongoing negotiations with Airtel.

Although the IT Act,2000 does not specify any provisions on Net neutrality, in a country which guarantees  Freedom of speech and expression  and confers on its citizens the Fundamental Right to Equality , introduction of a policy contrary to Net Neutrality will infringe on rights of its citizens to Equality and Free Speech depriving it of a platform which treats all on a level playing field. Internet is seen , perceived and experienced as a free platform and its quintessence should remain preserved. Net Neutality is a principle  we must uphold as it will promote innovation and sustain fair competition  and  transparency on Internet.

TRAI is considering a proposal to charge OTT ( Over the Top) service providers such as Faceboook , Whatsapp that allow VOIP / messaging services to use the revenues generated therefrom to maintain and develop telecom infrastructure. It is as if a heavier toll tax has to be paid by a high demand common carrier for using the toll road more frequently than another carrier. While a small carrier may not afford it, a high demand carrier may be able to due to high profits he generates which will end up monopolizing  the space! Question then is , Is it fair? Is it Fair Competition?

TRAI can also introduce Applications that deliver similar services as Whats app and compete freely in the internet space. It also generates enough revenue by charging for broadband services as huge amounts of data is downloaded by a user each day.

While I do agree that there needs to be a regulation on the internet, even service providers like Whatsapp, Facebook need to be secure, accountable and need to follow some regulations. Yet what I donot agree with is the fact that just because TRAI is unable to face competition , it infairly proposes to levy a charge on OTT service providers.

I stand for Net Neutrality & endorse Freedom of speech, equality and Transparency in cyberspace!

(You may write to her at
Print the Page Add to Favorite
Share this on :

Please comment on this story:
Subject :
(Maximum 1500 characters)  Characters left 1500
Your name:

  Customs Exchange Rates
Currency Import Export
US Dollar
UK Pound
Japanese Yen 58.85 56.85
As on 25 Oct, 2021
  Daily Poll
COVID-19 has directly affected your business
 Can't say
  Commented Stories
About Us  |   Advertise with Us  
  Useful Links  |   Terms and Conditions  |   Disclaimer  |   Contact Us  
Follow Us : Facebook Twitter