= = => CLICK HERE FOR OUR WEEKLY STEAM GAME GIVEAWAYS < = = =

Windows 10 is CANCER. Do not use it or you WILL regret it later.

SAY NO to automated censorship bans: BOYCOTT Ubisoft's Rainbow Six Siege. If you own the game, write a negative review about it.

India deals blow to Facebook's Free Basics in net neutrality row

Anything goes! Topics created here may later be moved to more appropriate forums or deleted.
User avatar
Pedro-NF
Site Admin
Posts: 3261
Joined: 03 Nov 2010, 19:59
Location: Brazil
Contact:

India deals blow to Facebook's Free Basics in net neutrality row

#1

Post by Pedro-NF » 08 Feb 2016, 13:07

Image

India deals blow to Facebook's Free Basics in net neutrality row

India's telecom regulator has blocked Facebook's controversial Free Basics internet service by ruling in favour of "net neutrality" by outlawing differential pricing for data packages. Facebook has met a backlash in India from net neutrality advocates, who say that because the Free Basics mobile service only allows access to selected websites it violates the principle that the entire internet should be available to everyone on equal terms.

While not ruling explicitly on net neutrality, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India decided not to allow what it called "discriminatory pricing" for different data platforms or content. The ruling suggests that Free Basics, which was aimed primarily at people in poor rural areas, will not be allowed to continue in its current form.

"TRAI has today issued the 'Prohibition of Discriminatory Tariffs for Data Services Regulations, 2016' that disallow service providers to offer or charge discriminatory tariffs for data services on the basis of content being accessed by a consumer", Sudhir Gupta, TRAI secretary, said in a statement. "While formulating the regulations, the authority has largely been guided by the principles of net neutrality seeking to ensure that consumers get unhindered and non-discriminatory access to the internet", Gupta said. The policy may be reviewed every two years or sooner, TRAI said.

Critics of Free Basics, which had been suspended temporarily while the regulator's consultation was ongoing, include many of India's leading technology entrepreneurs. India's 1.2 billion people make it a vitally important market for Facebook, which is still locked out of China, with the second biggest number of users outside of the United States.


Image
Image

https://www.fightdogmeat.com
http://www.turnmeup.org
http://www.bitcoinpaypal.info

Twitter: @pedro_corbett

"Was he crazy!"
"Yeah, in a very special way. An Irishman."

(Once Upon A Time In The West, 1968)

Who is online

Users browsing this forum: Google [Bot] and 15 guests