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Facebook’s Free Basics hits snag in India
by Prasad Krishna published Feb 15, 2016 — filed under: , , , ,
Indian regulators have dealt a major blow to Facebook’s controversial Free Basics online access plan by forbidding so-called differential pricing by internet companies, in effect banning the programme in the country.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
India Sets Strict New Net Neutrality Rules
by Prasad Krishna published Feb 11, 2016 — filed under: , , , , ,
In India, advocates of net neutrality have welcomed new rules by the telecom regulator that have blocked efforts by Facebook to offer free but limited access to the web in the country’s fast growing Internet market.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Blog Entry Facebook's Fall from Grace: Arab Spring to Indian Winter
by Sunil Abraham published Feb 11, 2016 last modified Feb 11, 2016 03:51 PM — filed under: , , ,
Facebook’s Free Basics has been permanently banned in India! The Indian telecom regulator, TRAI has issued the world’s most stringent net neutrality regulation! To be more accurate, there is more to come from TRAI in terms of net neutrality regulations especially for throttling and blocking but if the discriminatory tariff regulation is anything to go by we can expect quite a tough regulatory stance against other net neutrality violations as well.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
India bans Facebook’s ‘free’ Internet for the poor
by Prasad Krishna published Feb 10, 2016 — filed under: , , , ,
India’s telecom regulator said Monday that service providers cannot charge discriminatory prices for Internet services, a blow to Facebook’s global effort to provide low-cost Internet to developing countries.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
A Megacorp’s Basic Instinct
by Prasad Krishna published Feb 04, 2016 — filed under: , , , , , ,
Bolstered by academia and civil society, TRAI stands its ground against FB’s Free Basics publicity blitz.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
India, Egypt say no thanks to free Internet from Facebook
by Prasad Krishna published Feb 03, 2016 — filed under: , , , ,
ALWAR, India — Connecting people to the Internet is not easy in this impoverished farming district of wheat and millet fields, where working camels can be glimpsed along roads that curve through the low-slung Aravalli Hills.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Facebook’s Fight to Be Free
by Prasad Krishna published Jan 31, 2016 — filed under: , , ,
In India, Mark Zuckerberg can’t give Internet access away.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Facebook is no charity, and the ‘free’ in Free Basics comes at a price
by Prasad Krishna published Jan 30, 2016 — filed under: , , ,
Who could possibly be against free internet access? This is the question that Mark Zuckerberg asks in a piece for the Times of India in which he claims Facebook’s Free Basics service “protects net neutrality”.
Located in Internet Governance / News & Media
Blog Entry The Internet Has a New Standard for Censorship
by Jyoti Panday published Jan 30, 2016 — filed under: , , ,
The introduction of the new 451 HTTP Error Status Code for blocked websites is a big step forward in cataloguing online censorship, especially in a country like India where access to information is routinely restricted.
Located in Internet Governance / Blog
Public Debate on 'Differential Pricing': Series 3
by Vidushi Marda published Jan 27, 2016 last modified Jan 28, 2016 01:53 PM — filed under: , , ,
The Centre for Internet and Society, in association with ICRIER and the Department of Civics and Politics, University of Mumbai, is pleased to announce “A Series of Public Debates on Differential Pricing” in the cities of Bangalore, Mumbai and New Delhi. The third public debate will be held at India Habitat Centre, Lodhi Road near Air Force Bal Bharti School, New Delhi on February 5, 2016.
Located in Internet Governance / Events