Social media and internet lovers rejoice!
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has decided to back net neutrality in India and has barred differential pricing of data products, such as Facebook's Free Basics and Airtel Zero.
"No service provider shall offer or charge discriminatory tariffs for data services on basis of content," said TRAI in a press conference. This basically means that there will no longer be any subsidised data packages offering selective services, and most services will be equal.
TRAI has given service providers six months to comply with this.
Meanwhile, social media is all about the celebrations. Here are some of the reactions that made #netneutrality the top trend on Monday:
— Youth Ki Awaaz (@YouthKiAwaaz) February 8, 2016
— Aaditya Thackeray (@AUThackeray) February 8, 2016
— Rajneesh (@MrMrRajneesh) February 8, 2016
What if Zukerberg withdraws free service from WhatsApp as a revenge! #NetNeutrality
— Saha Noor (@sahanooor) February 8, 2016
— শেখর (@MangoBwoy) February 8, 2016
— Milind Deora (@milinddeora) February 8, 2016
Now we don't have to pay more to watch internet porn.
— Avinash Deshmukh (@deshmukhavinash) February 8, 2016
— Shakthi (@v_shakthi) February 8, 2016
#NetNeutrality The BASIC thing is we are FREE to surf what we want
— AyeshaBanerjee65 (@AyeshaBanerjee6) February 8, 2016
#NetNeutrality is here. Social media winning over all those full page misleading ads.
— ➆ (@scriblng) February 8, 2016
This #NetNeutrality win proves one thing. Common sense is not lost on all regulatory bodies.
— Sanika Tillway (@tillwaytweets) February 8, 2016
Well TRAI'ed Mark Zuckerberg. Hard Luck #NetNeutrality
— Joy (@Joydas) February 8, 2016
— arnab ghostswami (@arnabghostswami) February 8, 2016