Facebook Shuts Down FreeBasics In India

FB has shutdown Free Basics program in India. RCom, which is the only distributor of Free Basics will soon start charging for the service. Subscribers will have to pay applicable data charges for accessing websites or apps through the zero-rated Free Basics platform, once technical modifications are done.

Microsoft Too Goes Against Free Basics

Microsoft India Chairman, Bhaskar Pramanik said, “I don’t think what Facebook is doing is about net neutrality; it is about helping first-time users get on the Internet and they should call it that. But to muddy it and say that it is also net neutral doesn’t make sense.”