Net Neutrality: Congress VP Rahul Gandhi seeks debate in Lok Sabha

| Wednesday, April 22, 2015 - 17:55
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NEW DELHI: After a massive debate on the Land Acquisition Bill and controversial remarks on Sonia Gandhi by Union Minister Giriraj Singh, Congress Vice-President Rahul Gandhi on Wednesday strengthened the net neutrality movement by pitching for a debate on the same in Lok Sabha. 

44-year-old Gandhi scion gave a notice for the adjournment of the Question Hour and wants the Lok Sabah to debate net neutrality on Wednesday. 

“I am going to speak a few words on net neutrality in Parliament,” he said.

Even though the adjournment notice involves an element of censure against the government, the Speaker, however, has the power to decide upon the motion.
On the other hand, Telecom minister Ravi Shankar Prasad stated that the Modi government is serious about the net neutrality issue.

“Telecom Commission will look into the recommendation of TRAI and then take final decision,” Prasad said, adding that PM Modi himself supports the activism of youth on social media and the internet.

As the debate of net neutrality intensifies with each passing day, the Competition Commission on Tuesday said that it was looking into possible abuse of dominance by telecom and internet companies.

Severe concerns are being picked up over maintaining equal access to internet amid some service providers entering into tie-ups for offering free access to certain mobile apps and websites

Net neutrality indicates that governments and internet service providers should treat all data on the internet equally, therefore, not charging users, content, platform, site, application or mode of communication differentially.

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