There have been various reports of the governments across the world wanting to put regulations on the free calling services based on the Voice Over Internet Protocol (VoIP).
It is because the governments across the world want to ensure that there is always a record of all the communication that is made, and that is normally to keep all acts of terror under check.
The Indian government has been the latest to make some controversial statements about the freedom of VoIP services in India.
The Narendra Modi led government has been under heat lately, especially form the people on the internet, as the government plans to censor the calls and regulate them.
The Prime Minister himself has been a tainted person due to his ‘snoopgate’ controversy as a Chief Minister.
The industry body Assocham has said that the government should keep these applications under control and must regulate them.
“While ruling that domestic calls by OTT (over-the-top) CS (communication service) players would be regulated, they have most illogically exempted both international VoIP calling by OTT CSPs as also all messaging by these players. This is rather bizarre,” Assocham Telecom Council Chairman T V Ramachanrdan told PTI.
However this would be a very unpopular move on the part of the government which is already under fire for internet censorship.
However the regulating/banning of WhatsApp and other voice based services has been a common thing, as even the UAE does not have the calling services.
There are many other countries where this is banned and/or regulated.
The industry bodies might also be under pressure from telecom operators who are said to be major players in the Indian market and have a lot of financial power.
Muscle flexing by these men can also result in these regulations from the government as the telecom operators are making losses due to VoIP.
Whatever the reason be, the fact of the matter is that the governments across the world are indeed acting funny when they put regulations in communication.
“The Committee unhesitatingly recommends that the core principle of net neutrality be adhered to,” TV Ramchandran said, adding “we need not hard code the definition of net neutrality.
Such an approach would surely lead to much disputes and litigation, hurting both industry and consumers.”
What are your views on these acts of censorship and unnecessary regulations? Do you think it is appropriate or it is just governments being governments?