If NN is violated, to optimise profits some
Internet access providers demand the right to block or slow down Internet
traffic for their own commercial benefit.1 Internet access providers are not
only in control of Internet connections, they also increasingly start to
provide content, services and applications. They are increasingly looking for
the power to become the “gatekeepers” of the Internet leading to violation of
democratic system. Private companies police their users’ connections to
censor what they guess may be unwanted content leading to autocratic effect on
the digital economy. Some politicians call for Net Neutrality and demand
filtering or blocking for law enforcement purposes at the same time. However,
it is a paradox to create legal incentives for operators to invest in
monitoring and filtering or blocking technology, while at the same time
demanding that they do not use this technology for their own business purposes.
The critics say the move is against the interest of the consumers and favours
big corporate companies
6.Does Monopoly in
telecom industry trigger an Autocratic effect on Indian economy?
The telecom industry in India started as a monopolistic regime
controlled by the DoT and gradually transformed into an industry flooded by
private players. Today it is in an era of consolidation and may likely see
existence of only few players and if this indeed happens then the industry may
have literally come a full circle. India is
“potentially” moving towards a market with limited competition
and feared that it may turn into a “monopoly”.18
With ample safeguards provided in Indian constitution, there exists an ideal
environment where there is no scope for autocracy.
world’s largest democracy, 55% of people feel autocracy is good for governance.
A surprisingly large section of Indians believe their country could do better
an autocratic government.13