India prohibits the free Internet service from Facebook

Dec

26

2015

Posted Indian telecom regulator TRAI order to stop the free Internet service offered by Facebook through Reliance Communications Telecom’s fourth-largest operator in India with 110 million users.

Subscribers can Facebook service for free Internet access to 30 sites without any costs, including Facebook, Facebook Messenger, in addition to the BBC news, and Wikipedia, and Ping, and finally some of the sites related to health, specifically malaria and diseases of newborn disease birth.

The authority said that the decision of the moratorium will remain in place while making sure that the Facebook service free of the Internet, known as the Free Basics, do not violate the neutrality of the Internet Net neutrality that India is seeking to apply the plan.

Reliance company, for its part, said in her statement to the newspaper Times of India that, in response to the instructions of the Telecommunications Regulatory Authority will suspend the launch of Free Basics Service until the final decision to approve.

It is currently examining the legality of the Commission that the telecommunications providers in India provide different prices online for bouquets to gain access to websites, which is what you are doing now Relaince company when providing Free Basics Service.

Facebook for its part, did not give in to the decisions of the Commission and tried to defend the initiative by showing TV ads, in addition to advertisements in local newspapers and television channels. As a spokesman for the social network, he said that the company is committed to the initiative, and also committed to working with Reliance and Telecommunications Regulatory Authority of India to provide Internet for all in India.

Facebook and Reliance Communications contracted with a company to provide users of the Internet for free under the program Free Basics of the initiative Internet.org which aims to deliver the Internet to remote areas in the world, India is one of the 36 countries where the service is available.

It is noteworthy that Facebook launched its initiative for free Internet in India since the month of February of this year, where time has become the first country in Asia to get the initiative Internet.org of Facebook itself.

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