Net neutrality: Lawyers' body moves TRAI - Assam Tribune

Net neutrality: Lawyers' body moves TRAI
 MANGALDAI, April 27 – A group of lawyers of the Mangaldai Bar Association recently moved the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI), the autonomous organisation which is responsible for supervising and monitoring the activities of different public sector and private telecom companies across the country against its proposed planning to abolish the existing net neutrality concept.

In a petition to the chairman of TRAI at Old Minto Road, New Delhi submitted through the Deputy Commissioner of Darrang on Friday, the lawyers' group comprising of prominent lawyer and human rights activist Jayanta Deka and six others raised their voice in support of the prevailing net neutrality concept.

The petitioners pointed out that withdrawal of net neutrality would lead to suffering by a large number of citizens in the country, especially subscribers belonging to the economically weaker section of the society, by depriving them from free access to information. The petitioner lawyers urged the TRAI to reconsider the decision of net neutrality.

While talking to this correspondent, advocate Jayanta Deka said that the concept of net neutrality has enabled the internet users to avail information and data freely without any prohibition. The internet users have been exercising their right under the provision of the Fundamental Rights as defined in Article 19 of the Indian Constitution.

But the TRAI in an attempt to withdraw this concept has created a public controversy. Not surprisingly, about six lakh people across the country have reacted to the decision of TRAI and already sent letters to it opposing the decision. The issue has not yet created the desired public opinion in our State, hence advocate Deka felt the need to generate necessary public awareness for the sake of the rights of the common internet users.


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