|I assume this was meant for the list . I notice that my phone email client also has difficulties handling the reply-to-all option. |
In India, net neutrality is seriously hampered by the implicit monopolies and oligopolies encouraged in the teeth of an apparently cut-throat competition amongst the telcos. There appears to be universal acclaim for this model and the low calling rates it has brought about.
What is missing is the discussion on data. Since voice is treated as a digital artefact, universalising data access makes the provision of voice access a triviality, in theory. The role of telcos moves towards backbone provision, with
devices enabled to maximise data movement on whichever frequency and protocol delivers the best solution, technically. Could this be achieved today by devolving last mile access to a plethora of local networks, none of which is permitted a monopoly? Can we understand just why this might in any negative manner impact end-user prices for voice?
There are serious and important issues around the use of wireless, we should not forget. At the present moment in time, the situation is such that industry and government seem placed together, shouldering a battle against controlling indiscriminate radiation, a situation that only seems to affect humans who do not work for government or telcos, it would seem, from the quality of discussions. In practice, the industry solution has proliferated systems in place that tend to boost radiation at
dangerously close distances (the phones) and in concentrations at longer distances (the cell towers).
I am not saying that a widely devolved solution would always work in the public interest. How would I know? But it has worked where telcos fear to tread, such as Djursland in Denmark and northern Spain, the Guifi network.
For India, it seems to reach out to that much maligned bottom of the pyramid, that magical place where Mana Radio and Airjaldi could today have been providing high quality digital data access in their backwater regions (not geographically backwaters, you understand, one is the Deccan traps and the other the Himalaya), connecting them to the world through locally built
initiatives, no billionaires taking over. If not for the monopoly of the airwaves.