Over the past two decades, India has seen phenomenal growth in internet penetration. The number of users may touch half a billion by 2018 from the present 260 million. This impacted economic growth and paved the way for freedom of speech and realisation of true democracy.
Given the central role played by internet in the economic and social life of every individual, ensuring even-handed internet access is a public responsibility. Hence, the internet is a public good, which is why globally there is a move to make digital access as a fundamental right.