Finally, Indan Government banned Free Basic service by Facebook today #NetNeutrality.As per various estimates, Facebook had spent close to Rs 300 crore, just to promote Free Basics to ‘poor Indians’. In a landmark decision, TRAI has not only crushed all such anti-neutrality plans but also provisioned a fine of Rs 50,000 per day for defaulters.
This is indeed a historical day for Freedom of Internet in India and abroad. This decision would (hopefully) set a precedence across the world, wherever monopolistic organizations aim to enslave and control The Internet. This is a victory for freedom; a triumph for fair, neutral Internet.
#In their notification, TRAI said:
(1) No service provider shall offer or charge discriminatory tariffs for data services on the basis of content
(2) No service provider shall enter into any arrangement, agreement or contract, by whatever name called, with any person, natural or legal, that has the effect of discriminatory tariffs for data services being offered or charged to the consumer on the basis of content
In layman terms, this means that Facebook cannot promote or offer anti-net neutrality plans such as Free Basics; Airtel cannot offer their discriminatory service: Airtel Zero to offer some selected web services as free and telecom operators cannot sell ‘WhatsApp only’ or ‘Facebook only’ data plans to their users.
#Decision Taken by TRAI has been hailed as landmark due to several reasons: