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”

Net Neutrality in One Post

(Content was first posted on opinion junction) Costly complex regulations only create huge barriers to market entry. Such interventions always tend to evolve in a direction benefiting large corporations and corrupt public officials. A wise Spanish classical liberal once stated that all modern democracies are prone to mass moral upheavals where novel rights are defined. One such … Continue reading “Net Neutrality in One Post”

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”

Net Neutrality and Innovation.

One of the many things in the public discourse over Net Neutrality that has puzzled me is the use of the word- Innovation. A motley group of start-up founders will come to a TV show and say free-basics and network management will harm innovation ! Some give bytes to news websites saying – ‘An end … Continue reading “Net Neutrality and Innovation.”