We once thought, after reading a discussion on net neutrality in the US, that such a crisis would never arrive to our shores.
But it did.
Thanks to Bharti Airtel, thanks to lobby group Cellular Operators Association of India (COAI), thanks to Google and Facebook being members of such an organisation, thanks to TRAI betraying the Indian people by willingly giving in to pressure from the COAI, and thanks to the weak attitude of the giants of the Indian industries to fully divest themselves from such plans.
On the contrary, Flipkart initially supported Airtel Zero, media conglomerates Times Group, NDTV and ClearTrip initially supported Facebook’s Internet.org in partnership with RCOM. Initially plans for VOIP packs were going to become reality (and they still are). And there were many misguided individuals who believed these telecoms were doing the right thing.
Even those who saw their trickery, ended up being fooled.
You see, it was the old petition trick again. There’s a petition. It might just be that it will get enough signatures, it will reach the attention of the company / organisation, and they will change their mind. Yeah, right.