Google has apparently joined Facebook in its attempt to prevent the Internet and Mobile Association of India (IAMAI) from taking a stand against Zero Rating services in the country.
Vineeta Dixit, a member of Google’s public policy and government relations team, has strongly pushed for the removal of any mention of Zero Rating from the IAMAI’s submission on Net Neutrality, according to Medianama.
The Department of Telecom committee on Net Neutrality had advised against having services such as Facebook’s Internet.org, seeing it as a potential gatekeeper to Internet access in the India.
In its report, the DoT committee said, “…content and application providers cannot be permitted to act as gatekeepers and use network operations to extract value even if it is for an ostensible public purpose.”
Google too has in the past joined hands with ISPs to offer Zero Rated service such as its partnership with Airtel to provide 200MB free data for Google Play apps and no data charges for OTA updates on Android One handsets.
Reports have suggested that Google too was planning to roll out a service similar to Internet.org in India, but put a hold on plans given the massive debate raging around Net Neutrality.