No more free internet
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India has banned Internet.org and free access to the app in the country, citing that the initiatives violated the principles of Net Neutrality. Internet.org offered free access to several websites included local news, weather forecasts, Wikipedia and a number of other sites.
Net Neutrality rules basically says that no telecommunications provider should offer or charge discriminatory tariffs for data services on the basis of content.
Obviously Facebook head honcho Mark Zuckerburg is disappointed with the ruling, but he say’s he’s still committed to give everybody free access to the internet.
“We are committed to keep working to break down barriers to connectivity in India and around the world. Internet.org has many initiatives, and we will keep working until everyone has access to the internet,” he says, in a Facebook post.
Many critics of the program says that Facebook was putting up a walled garden of accessible web sites for the poor, pushing out other start-ups out of the picture who did not have as much money or resources as other companies.
Would you be in favor of blocking free Facebook and Internet.org here?