Opinion | The most expensive seat at India’s e-commerce table4 min read 22 Apr 2020, 10:19 PM IST
The Reliance Jio-Facebook deal is set to transform e-commerce in more ways than one can imagine
Internet startups have always advocated strict net neutrality—the principle that all internet traffic should be treated equally. And why not? This ensured a level playing field for both giants and startups. No wonder so many fledgling US internet startups went on to become mega players. That was up until December 2017, when the Donald- Trump-appointed Federal Communications Commission chairman Ajit Pai shredded that idea to bits by reversing net neutrality in the US. Google, Netflix and Facebook were some of the loud voices that opposed this reversal. Several internet service providers have since pledged to practise net neutrality, even though the laws do not require them to. Those voices of opposition have seemingly won, but what’s noteworthy is that Facebook’s stance in defending net neutrality has been wobbly at best.