Net Neutrality: COAI turns cunning through Sabka Internet campaign, confuses mass

COAI has taken a drastic step to confuse people on net neutrality. A campaign called Sabka Internet now creates a hullabaloo among the people. COAI has launched this campaign on Wednesday with a call to send a missed call to a toll-free number. A one page website with tagline ‘Support SabkaInternet for a Digital Bharat’ and a claim for ‘Affordable internet for all’ run live for the purpose.

The website simply carries three different images, of that of common man, claiming three rights on internet –

— I believe that I should have a right to choose what I access on the internet.
— I believe that same services should have the same rules.
— I believe that people should have the right to affordable internet.

As per the data, the website is registered by COAI on 15th April. The text message, which is available in both Hindi and English, that gets circulated around says; ‘COAI supports #SabkaInternet. I believe that I should have a right to choose what I access on the internet. To support, give a missed call to 1800 270 6899’.

While dialing this number, the following call appears;

Thank you for supporting #SabkaInternet for a Digital Bharat with

#1 Right to choose what you want to access

#2. Right to an affordable Internet

#3. Access to solutions that make internet affordable for you

#4. Same rules being applicable for the same services

To opt-out give a missed call to 02261227979.

The #1 and #2 of the points clearly supports net neutrality, however #3 and #4 highlights Zero-rating plan. The intention is purely to deceive people, and to make them feel confused over the choice of net neutrality. Many activists and mass have come forward criticizing COAI for this message.

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April 24, 2015 2:20 pm 2:20 PM

Thanks Ria for posting the same. Now telecom companies are analysis all the data packets.(using DPI-Deep Packet Inspection)

April 24, 2015 12:25 pm 12:25 PM

i beg to differ on points 3 and 4; why should the pricing of bandwidth be set at the highest common denominator. If a website want’s to subsidise the cost of bandwidth why should they be denied that? (it’s a basic tenet of a free market economy)

how is this any different from a large retail store offering a discount, a car manufacturer offering a discount… heck any sort of discount? or do we actually believe that we should live in a state where the price of everything (tangible / non tangible items) are predetermined and regulated.

Ganesh Srinivasan
April 24, 2015 12:44 pm 12:44 PM

Well said – pricing free / discounted / premium is market driven.

Latest example is BSNL extending free unlimited night calling to Internet subscribers

Sachin Sachdeva
April 24, 2015 9:44 am 9:44 AM

Not just the missed call, they have started making IVRS call which says “If you support COAI’s right to access interenet content over phone press any button on phone”. I unfortunately did thinking that it’s regarding net neutrality. My bad, but guys be alert it’s a trick do not press any button and disconnect the phone.