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””

Net Neutralists are defending freedom and innovation but don’t get either

Net Neutralists say they are standing up for freedom and innovation -but, alas, they don’t get either. So in their misplaced crusade they’ll end up making both scarcer: Competition is creative; it explores and experiments with new ways of doing business, new products and innovative financing arrangements, new marketing techniques. Some will work; many will fail. But … Continue reading “Net Neutralists are defending freedom and innovation but don’t get either”

Net Neutrality- Road analogy isn’t a good one

The concept of Net Neutrality has been explained by activists using the analogy of roads. The explanation – Internet network is like a road, a utility and hence the operator shouldn’t indulge in discrimination against different types of users. The Net, like the roads, carries people to learning and businesses. Boycott #freebasics support #netneutrality — … Continue reading “Net Neutrality- Road analogy isn’t a good one”

The mentality behind Net Neutrality is nothing new

Plus ça change.. and all that. The mentality behind Net Neutrality -“saving” the Internet from private providers by increasing government’s power over it -is nothing new: “..well-meaning efforts by legislators and regulators to protect consumers from supposedly wicked acts by monopolists tend instead to preserve monopolies. By preventing the appearance of new services that might … Continue reading “The mentality behind Net Neutrality is nothing new”

Net Neutrality activists by making Zero Rating haraam are anti-poor

Net Neutrality regulation as we all know, would effectively bar any form of Zero-Rating if implemented by TRAI- Telecom Regulatory Authority of India. Zero- Rating is a form of price discrimination which allows Telecom/Internet Service Providers (TSP/ISPs) to offer access to certain internet applications for free either at a lower quality (as a form of … Continue reading “Net Neutrality activists by making Zero Rating haraam are anti-poor”

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”