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What MPs said on Net Neutrality in the Rajya Sabha today

This is a transcript of what was said in the Rajya Sabha There was a discussion on Net Neutrality in the Rajya Sabha today, initiated by Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’Brien. The Minister of Communication & Information Technology Ravi Shankar Prasad opened the discussion. This is what MPs had to say*: Derek O'Brien: The minister I thank, firstly I thank him for sharing the optimism which we’ve always had. I want to make a few specific points on this note and then I’ve got some specific queries. Its a 4 page note, sir. The first two pages with all the enthusiasm shared by the minister sounded like a Wikipedia entry on the internet, if you key in the words internet or if you key in the words digital india, all very nice, all very highfalutin, all very poetical but today's discussion I want to keep on the facts so I'm not going to comment on the first two pages but that doesn't matter, I think lets get to the meat of the matter. Let us try and explain to people who don't know this. They think this internet is one complicated thing from outer space. What is the issue? The issue is its like electricity, what is the debate today? Electricity is being supplied to your home, you're paying 1500 Rupees. Now the electricity supplier is telling you, as suggested, is that if you use your fridge and your microwave, and if it stands down you have to pay a little more.…

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