Well, Zuckerberg was left red faced last year.
Also, with the focus that the Modi Government has put on Digital India, the decision will remain the same even in 2018, when it goes for review.
I sure hope he really believes in what he is saying!
>Internet is supposed to be democratic. It is a big global platform, but must be linked the local ideas and concepts. That is the very clear focus of India
This pro democracy outlook makes sense when Indians themselves have a favorable outlook towards democracy than most other western nations including the US. Couple this with their big push to digitise the country and increase internet penetration, you realize its not just nice words
Also, internet has become really cheap in India
You can get a 100mbps fiber connection for Rs.1200 a month
That's like ~$20
Upload and download speeds are same and there are no data caps.
DEMOCRACY IS NON-NEGOTIABLE
It's likely blatantly obvious to everyone that Net Neutrality is a money play for the ISPs. It's not a matter of Pai & Co. not understanding the opposite side of the argument being thrust at them, it's that this becomes a massive new revenue stream for CMCSA, VZ, T, TMUS, S, and a bunch of other public companies which make up parts of mutual funds, index funds, retirement accounts, pension accounts, etc. so the thought is that removing Net Neutrality will boost all these stocks and funds which will boost retirements, 401Ks, and the like.
What fucks me is that how is the internet not considered a utility. It's like saying that companies like UPS, for example, can pay a premium to access to the fast lanes on a highway with no law enforcement patrol to speed up their deliveries giving them a competitive edge over a FedEx.
I hate to be a pessimist but I think this goes through no matter what. My local lake community had a vote to raise our dues which was voted down by the members but three months later they held another vote, fewer people showed up, and it was voted in!
We Indians are grateful that our TRAI (Telecom Regulatory Authority of India) puts great decisions as it handled the Airtel-Facebook Zero plan and also with Reliance Jio's entry in Telecom world, prices of internet data has been reduced to 80%.
I think we are in a much much better position as compared to US.