These days internet and newspapers are all on net neutrality and Free Basics by Facebook. But do we know what exactly these terms mean and how much important they are in shaping our internet. If not,then don’t worry! EasyShiksha will clear all your doubts and give a clear picture on what these really mean in short.
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What is Free basics?
Free Basics is a Facebook’s non-profit initiative that aims to bring Internet connectivity to the underprivileged in developing regions. Under Free Basics, Facebook is offering a range of services for free to thousands of users.
But advocates and enthusiasts in the country are strongly encouraging users to discard Facebook’s initiative. Here where net neutrality comes into picture.
It is around these questions that the net neutrality debate is raging across India and the world. In this article, EasyShiksha guides you through what net neutrality is, as well as the raging debate in India, while also pinpointing the developments that have taken place in this space.
What is net neutrality?
So how does FREE BASICS violates net neutrality?
Free Basics users can’t access websites and services that aren’t currently approved by Facebook. This approach defeats the basic fabric of net neutrality – Facebook defends itself on this front however, saying any websites and services can apply to be a part of Free Basics, while any telecom operator can offer it to their subscribers. It has also maintained that joining up is free, and that current partners have not paid it to be part of the Free Basics platform. This doesn’t answer the question of why the platform has the concept of approval and rejection at all.
How does the regulation work?
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Trai, the independent regulator of the telecommunications business in the country, regulates all Internet access in India and is seeking our opinion on whether Free Basics or any other programs should be introduced, with its latest consultation paper.
What can you do?
If you are against Facebook’s Free Basics, you can email your comments to Trai directly at the above mentioned address or you can go to SaveTheInternet.in to quickly send a pre-written response in this regard.
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