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


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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?


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Why do we need Facebook?