Net neutrality is the principle that Internet service providers (ISPs) should treat all traffic on their networks equally.

That means users should be able to access all websites at the same speed and cost. No website should be given preferential treatment over another.

Thackeray, in a letter to TRAI, said that killing net neutrality and allowing telecoms operators to do so is not only draconian but also messes up the entire utility angle of access to internet that has been widely used in the country.

"People from almost every social and economic strata have a mobile phone and unknowingly use the Internet to communicate," the letter stated.

"Furthermore, such an option to charge websites for either access or speed would simply kill NDA government's Make in India, whereby many young people have startups or small businesses via websites. To milk them, to be at the same access speed of a (telecom) giant isn't simply fair," it urged.

Thackeray said that people's choice of access to the internet cannot be governed by telecom operators and that there can be other ways of increasing their revenue share.

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