A Malicious Campaign called #SaveTheInternet

(Co-Authored with Shreyas Bharadwaj) A small twitter poll conducted by @bwoyblunder revealed how confused people are about the current NN-Freebasics issue. Even otherwise, we are seeing people question, albeit reluctantly, the basis of NN which is prohibiting Facebook from offering a free stripped down version of the internet. People were not so ambivalent when the issue … Continue reading “A Malicious Campaign called #SaveTheInternet”

Quick Comments on Rahul Roushan’s “Dummy’s guide to Net Neutrality”

Rahul Roushan’s A Dummy’s guide to Net Neutrality does raise some understandable concerns. Though I’ve a fundamental issue with the article..i,e on spectrum being public property, since it needs considerable explanation, we’ll address it in another post later. But here’s a quick take to address those concerns “If you don’t want to pay a higher toll tax to … Continue reading “Quick Comments on Rahul Roushan’s “Dummy’s guide to Net Neutrality””

On Differential Pricing – Short Take

Net Neutrality Position: “Net-neutrality is not stopping ISPs to raise their data tariffs to invest in infrastructure, it is only against differential tariffs.” My Take: Let’s consider a local ISP who recently discovered that more than 50% of his traffic constitutes porn sites, and that is the reason for the congestion in his network. To … Continue reading “On Differential Pricing – Short Take”

How Your Clamour For Net Neutrality Actually Helps Facebook

(Co-authored with Shamanth Jilla) Net Neutrality enthusiasts are clamouring for government intervention to regulate the internet. This will surely kill innovation in the sector, not Free Basics.  The romantic idea of trade unions bringing down ‘evil’ industrialists, which used to be a constant theme in movies of the 70s and 80s, is now making a … Continue reading “How Your Clamour For Net Neutrality Actually Helps Facebook”

Net Neutrality And Internet.org

(Co-authored with Shamanth Jilla) Imagine this scenario. A billionaire businessman, in a bid to provide basic healthcare services to all, invests in developing a chain of hospitals in the remotest areas of a country. In the process, he signs up a number of junior doctors, and to make the services affordable, he forges strategic alliances with … Continue reading “Net Neutrality And Internet.org”

Net Neutrality Illusion

(Co-authored with Shamanth Jilla) A couple of month back, Airtel, India’s largest mobile operator, excluded Voice over Internet Protocol -VoIP services like Skype and Viber from their 2G/3G internet plans. This meant that the data usage for skype or viber calls would be charged outside the plan, costing subscribers more. Airtel later announced separate VoIP … Continue reading “Net Neutrality Illusion”