DoT Panel On Net Neutrality Opposes Internet .org But Favors Airtel Zero

The report added that collaborations between content providers and telecom operators that create a gate-keeper should be discouraged. is now open to all developers but is still present only to user’s of Relaince’s network. Airtel Zero has drawn a lot of flak and it’s approval will find a lot of resistance from Net Neutrality activists.

In yet another startling revelation, the DoT panel report on Net Neutrality has apparently opposed Facebook’s initiative but supports services similar to Airtel Zero with prior clearance from TRAI. which provided users with access to online services at zero data charges came under fire for promoting select products. After several partner exits, Facebook opened up to all developers.

While the DoT has said services such as Airtel Zero can be allowed it added that collaborations between telecom operators and content providers that enable gate-keeping roles should be actively discouraged.

While Facebook makes no money from content providers if they choose to offer their services on, Airtel Zero makes money directly from app developers or website owners, thereby providing users access to those services at zero data charges.

The move to allow services such as Airtel Zero is bound to find resistance among Net Neutrality activists and while Facebook might have opened up its service to all developers, it still creates an unfair advantage for telecom operators considering that is available only to Reliance users.

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