Zuckerberg Talks About Net Neutrality And Free Basics

Zuckerberg breaks the ice on the ongoing net neutrality debate in India at a Q&A held at IIT-D: “Facebook supports all principles of net neutrality, even though countries are still working on developing a standard rule”. Free Basics is a ‘discovery platform’ that helps people connect to the internet for free, he adds.

Facebook Wants You To Like Internet.Org; Either Now, Or Later

Facebook users in India have been seeing a pop-up message asking them to support Internet.org. However, the message lacks the option to answer with ‘no’ and instead only allows users to postpone hitting ‘yes’. The move comes at a time when the DoT panel on Net Neutrality proposed against having services such as Internet.org in India.

DoT Says Zero Rating Plans Must Adhere To Net Neutrality Principles

The DoT’s report on net neutrality has said that Zero rate plans would have to offer the same terms for all content providers if they are to be free. The report added that any attempt to control the content provided to users would violate the principles of net neutrality and TRAI would step in to ensure that they are upheld.

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. Internet.org 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.