The American communications regulator the FCC, recently reclassified broadband services under Title II of the Communications Act. This move permits the FCC to regulate Internet services as a public utility – much like traditional telephony and unlike the case with cable television. But what does this debate mean for India? Why does the regulation of the Internet as a public utility matter? Newslick discusses these issues with Prabir Purkayastha, Chairperson of the Society for Knowledge Commons and focuses in particular on what the concept of net neutrality means and why it is critical to prevent the breach of this principle in developing countries such as India.