22 April, New Delhi
The government will protect the interests of the internet users across the country. Giving this assurance in the Lok Sabha today, Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad has said that the government is committed for ensuring a non-discriminatory internet regime for 125 crore Indians.
He said his ministry had constituted a committee much before the eruption of the net neutrality controversy. He said the committee will submit the report within two weeks.
The minister said the government will never buckle under the pressure from Corporate Houses. He said Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has made certain recommendations but the final decision will be taken by the Cabinet keeping the overall interests of the net users.
He said Prime Minister Narendra Modi wants not only e-governance but go a step forward to promote mobile governance. Amidst thumping of desks by members, the Communication and IT Minister informed the House that the government has earned Rs 1,10,000 crore from spectrum auction. He said Prime Minister is among the most popular people in social media.
The matter was raised during the Zero Hour by Rahul Gandhi of Congress. Raising the issue Gandhi alleged that the government is trying to hand over the control of internet to industrial houses. Gandhi also demanded that TRAI consultations should be stopped.
Net neutrality stands for equal treatment of data by service providers and there should neither be any discrimination nor prioritization of one type of data over the other. The Federal Communications Commission had approved a set up rules in 2010, which are known as Open Internet Order or net neutrality.