A battle that could decide the future of the internet in India is being fought online, between telecom users and operators.
In less than a week, more than 800,000 Indians have sent emails to India’s telecom regulator, demanding a free and fair internet.
Activists set up websites like netneutrality.in and savetheinternet.in. A video on net neutrality by a leading comedy group went viral, in much the same way that British comedian John Oliver’s show on net neutrality changed the debate in the US last June, and flooded the US regulator with user support for net neutrality.
Also, some leading companies, including the media behemoth Times Group, have pulled out of Facebook’s Internet.org initiative, fearing it threatens the principle of “net neutrality”.