NEW DELHI: The chorus for net neutrality seems to be growing louder. Amid massive protests on social media over net neutrality, Communications and Telecom Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad on Monday said that six-member panel set up in the department of telecommunications (DoT) will submit its report by the second week of the May.

Net neutrality implies equal treatment be accorded to all Internet traffic and no priority should be given to any person or entity or company based on payment.

Since internet is created by human beings, the common man should be having access to it without any discrimination, Prasad told reporters.

The entire process of a committee of experts going into the pros and cons of the issue will help the government to take the comprehensive decisions on this matter, Prasad said.

While clarifying, Prasad said the committee would be independent of TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India).

Internet users have raised a chorus on the social media over net neutrality and a campaign has also been launched to protect net neutrality through website that says “This page was created as a collection of the best arguments that may be made in favour of net neutrality, in the framework of the TRAI consultation paper.”

Over one lakh people have already written to Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) in support of internet freedom in the country.

An open marketing platform ‘Airtel Zero’ has been launched by Bharti Airtel that will allow customers to access mobile applications at zero data charges.

(With IANS Inputs)

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