India take Facebooks Free Basics initiative banning price discrimination

Feb

9

2016

India has introduced a ban on price discrimination, allowing providers prices can not establish more based on content. An example of such a service in India is the Free Basics initiative from Facebook, which offered free access to certain sites.

The ban affects Facebook and other services to price-discriminate based on content. Facebook is with the Free Basics service in several countries actively and offers free access to its own social network and other services, including the BBC and Wikipedia. Critics of the initiative were of the view that such practices go against the principle of net neutrality, as reported Reuters. Such services are problematic, because the provider may thus influence to what content users can access. Other countries Free Basics even halted, for example, Egypt .

At European level, an agreement last year reached about new rules for net neutrality. This result comes to the rules applicable in the Netherlands expire . It is not yet clear how European regulators will apply the new netneutraliteitsregels; This policy should be adopted in August. The new rules contain no prohibition of zero rating, which allows providers to charge certain services, such as Netflix or Spotify, can drop out of data collection.

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