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Congress : Government must ensure net neutrality

Thursday, Oct 1, 2015,17:09 IST By Metrovaartha A A A

New Delhi | Attacking the Narendra Modi Government on the issue of net neutrality, the Congress said the grant of internet access should not be held hostage at the hands of a few corporate houses. In a letter to Union Minister for Communications and Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad, Congress chief Sonia Gandhi’s political secretary Ahmed Patel said, ”using internet is the right of all citizens and under the Digital India programme, the rights of net neutrality for all should be ensured”. 

”I hope that the government will also ensure that Digital India programme remain guided by the principal of net neutrality,” Mr Patel said in his letter. It is pertinent that the pursuit of universalising internet access is not held hostage by a few foreign corporations,” the Congress leader said.
Stressing that the government should not escape from its responsibility of being the principal facilitator to expand internet infrastructure. Any endeavour that promotes Digital India should in no uncertain terms be at odds with the spirit of an open internet, Mr Patel said.
The letter by Mr Patel to the Information Technology Minister comes close on the heels of the Congress party demanding resignation of Mr Prasad for failing to resolve the call drops issue.