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What is net neutrality?

net neutrality

Freedom on the internet is reducing day by day. Due to this, social media is seeing a lot of tweets and posts with the hashtags like #netneutrality and #savetheinternet. The Internet has become a great part of life and many things are connected with it. As a result, many Internet Service Providers (ISPs) are trying to control the online traffic. This leads to the question of what is net neutrality.

Net neutrality in its simplest form means having access to all websites equally without any problems. This means that your ISP should provide access to all website in an equal manner without giving any priority to any website. Net neutrality is the basic principle which preserves the right to communicate freely online. In order to form proper guidelines regarding net neutrality, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) is trying hard.

Having free and open internet helps in increasing ISP competition. It will prevent unfair pricing practices, promotes innovation, promotes the spread of ideas, drives entrepreneurship and most importantly protects freedom of speech.

Net neutrality is destroyed when ISPs take money from certain websites and alter the way you access the internet. It will make those particular websites faster to use and the user will unknowingly ignore the competition.

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