On Net Neutrality
Ten years hence, a developed nation will be the one which is a knowledge economy. Meaning that a non-existing asymmetric information will be the base of development for a knowledge economy. Who takes the first step is the question?
Now, for that net neutrality comes into the picture. Essentially, going by the definition, net neutrality means that Internet is free and accessible by every citizens of the country. There is a concept of free knowledge and hence economy.
Based on this, here is some food for thought for the policy makers:
1. Every site would be accessible (save anti-social, anti-element and porn sites etc.) by the citizens of the country. Can we make this a Fundamental Right?
2. No lock-in of the free INTERNET with any vendor or merchandise. We do not want our spending and buying patterns be dictated through targeted ads and sites which open as a home page.
3. Net neutrality means neutral- the Internet should be free and accessible to all without any bias. If we are targeting the bottom of the pyramid, then we should have a social service with a revenue pattern rather than a revenue pattern with social service.
4. The laws of net neutrality should be a country-specific domain and jurisdiction. All the contents made free should pass through the filter of the government. In India, the Central Authority will make the decisions. This is to monitor the surfing patterns.
5. We cannot allow a vendor providing services to the bottom of the pyramid to target specific ads or commercials at their will. With the rising consumer class in India, every body would like to have a share of the pie. GOI, beware!
Dear Mark Zuckerburg,
The answer lies within you. Would you allow your philanthropy to take over, or ask for access to our consumers!