Project: Net Neutrality
The principle of network neutrality states that all data flowing across the Internet must be treated equally, without discriminating on the basis of the nature of its contents, its origin, destination, or any other attribute. This means, for instance, that an Internet Service Provider must not forfeit or discount data charges that accrue when accessing content from a particular content provider, whereas accessing content from a competing content provider is subject to regular data charges. This assumption of equal treatment of data is one of the underlying factors responsible for the explosive growth of the Internet, as it provides a level playing field for everyone to create and distribute content and services to a global audience i.e. with no unfair advantages based on resources and/or influence. We strive to ensure that the principle of net neutrality is respected in India by working with the Government and other stakeholders to incorporate it into relevant laws and policies, and by resisting initiatives that attempt violations in the name of proliferating Internet access.