Features Monday, April 13, 2015 - 05:30
After their last video featuring Deepika Padukone on the empowerment of women went viral, the management at Vogue felt empowered to now extend their support to the contentious issue of net neutrality. It is reliably learnt that the magazine approached filmmaker Homi Adjania and actor Deepika Padukone to help save the internet – as a starter, the duo dashed off an open letter to the offending telecom companies. We managed to access a copy. ‘My mind, my modem, my choice My choice to log onto any websiteMy choice. To go for 4 GB or 10 GBThey don't have a size for my 3 GTo limit net accessibility is to halt the expansion of the universe.Or to try and capture your neighbour’s WiFi signal in the palm of your handYour data plan is caged, set it freeMy Internet is notMy choice. To shop from Flipkart. Or Amazon. Or not shop at all. Remember you are my choice, I am not your privilege. My choice is like my fingerprints, they make me unique ( except when Flipkart announces a mega sale – then I head there like everyone else) My pleasure may be your painI may sound like a flakeBut in this equation you are the snowflake and the snowfall. I am the Internet, infinite in every direction. I choose to be neutralThis is my choice’ It can safely be reported that where online petitions and twitter activism have floundered, this letter has created quite a stir in telecom circles. Faced with the prospect of a video featuring sneering women and dysfunctional dongles all shot in black and white, the companies have in a volte face reconsidered their stance on net neutrality. The internet, ladies and gentlemen has been saved – hold on to your petitions.  (Naomi Datta is at   , can’t afford Vodafone’s expensive data plan & only uses free WiFi)   Tweet Follow @thenewsminute
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