INDIA REJECTS FREE BASICS
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) ruled that services like Facebook's Free Basics infringe on net neutrality, so service providers are prohibited from participating in such programmes.
While the announcement does not specifically call out Facebook or Free Basics, the social network's programme has been under fire in the region. “While formulating the regulations, the authority has largely been guided by the principles of net neutrality seeking to ensure that consumers get unhindered and non-discriminatory access to the Internet,” TRAI said today. “The regulations intend to make data tariffs for access to the Internet to be content-agnostic.” “Our goal with Free Basics is to bring more people online with an open, non-exclusive and free platform,” said Facebook in a statement. “While disappointed with the outcome, we will continue our efforts to eliminate barriers and give the unconnected an easier path to the internet and the opportunities it brings.”
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