India said no to zero-rating schemes, Banned Facebook’s Free Basics

Facebook’s free-but-restricted internet service, Free Basics, has been banned in India after the country’s national telecoms regulator ruled that the program and others like it infringe the principles of net neutrality. The ruling was not directly aimed at Free Basics, but the general practice of zero-rated internet services — those that let users access certain apps and websites without eating away at their mobile data.

A lot has been said on why this free basics will cost a lot to Indian’s, as it is anti-startup culture that started in India in last few years.

After Hearing the Verdict Sandeep Pillai @ said

we won…TRAI HAS BACKED NET NEUTRALITY and rejected diff pricing of data.everyone here.take 2 minutes to pat your back.each one of us…all netizens/citizens did it…

So, from now on according to ‘The Prohibition of Discriminatory Tariffs for Data Services Regulations 2016’, ‘no provider should charge discriminatory tariffs for data based on its content.’ In fact, with this regulation, TRAI can now prevent the service providers from entering into any contract that has any effect of discriminatory tariffs for data services.

TRAI will also check if any attempts are being made to violate these regulations and can even issue a penalty of Rs. 50,000 a day for discriminatory tariffs. However, TRAI has made one exception that differential prices can be offered in case of emergency, but then, the service providers will have to inform TRAI about this within 7 days.

You can read the regulation here : Telecom Regulatory Authority of India

Earlier the famous comedy Group AIB had made many videos to create awareness for NET Neutrality.

AIB : Save The Internet

AIB : Save The Internet 2 – Judgement Day

AIB : Save The Internet 3

I’m very happy with the decision of banning Free Basics as in my personal view
Giving Limited Access to Unlimited Websites is always better & fair than Giving unlimited access to limited Websites…

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