Centre for Internet & Society

Pranesh Prakash was a speaker at this event organized by the National Law School of India University on May 9 and 10, 2015 in Bangalore. The theme for this conference was "Net Neutrality".

For those of you who came in late, Net Neutrality refers to the idea that all data on the internet should be treated equally. What this means is that you shouldn't be charged more for using one website or less for another. The internet is meant to be equal for all to access. To access YouTube one should not have to pay extra, just because Airtel is trying to grow.

However, to maintain this network that we love so much, telecom operators argue they have to spend thousands of crores of rupees on licences and cable infrastructure without getting much return. Therefore they want to be able to charge differently for using different websites. This makes it is a very contentious issue as it involves a tricky balancing of business interests v. freedoms of the digital age. For a little more insight on the topic, see the document attached which explains net neutrality in a very simple manner.

The conference was graced by a host of experts in the field, such as Rajan Mathews (Director-General, Cellular Operators Association of India), T.V. Ramachandran (Resident Director, Regulatory Affairs and Govt. Relations, Vodafone Essar Ltd.), the Policy Director for Centre for Internet and Society, Mr. Pranesh Prakash, and the general counsel of CISCO India, Mr. Joginder Yadav. Students and experts alike gave differing opinions and facilitated a great debate.

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