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India Rejects Facebook Plan to Exploit World's Poorest with Private Internet

India Rejects Facebook Plan to Exploit World's Poorest with Private Internet

Lauren McCauley, staff writer

In a move that open internet advocates say will "resonate around the world," India's top telecom regulator on Monday struck a decisive blow against Facebook's "discriminatory" and controlling internet scheme known as Free Basics.

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India ruled against two-tiered pricing for different data platforms or content, effectively banning Free Basics, which only allows users free access to a small number of curated websites, including Facebook.

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This is very good news and a loss for a giant data gathering corporation. The Internet should be open to everyone regardless of their economic situation.

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The understanding was that Facebook will provide a free internet for people who do not have money…that is what came out. Now, Why India or the UN provide the same and forget about Facebook?

Why do we need Facebook?