Hope that you have got a lot of notifications from your friends saying to Sign-Up for Saving Free Basics in India. Do you what does it actually mean? The Facebook first started the internet.org campaign for free internet which was only accessible to the RIL Reliance mobile operator users. This has got a lot of negative response from the experts because it may violate the Net Neutrality.
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If you don’t know much about the Net Neutrality than you can read the complete details about net neutrality here.
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Now again Facebook asking it’s users to sign up for the free basics of the internet. But experts doesn’t think it’s good! If you sign up it means you are asking Telecom Regulatory Authority of India for the free basic internet which may directly benefit the Facebook.
What Actually The Notification Mean?
A user when signing up will be shown this notification message which says the following:
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“To the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, I support digital equality for India. Free Basics provides free access to essential internet services like communication, education, healthcare, employment, farming and more. It helps those who can’t afford to pay for data, or who need a little help getting started online. And it’s open to all people, developers, and mobile operators. With 1 billion Indian people not yet connected, shutting down Free Basics would hurt our country’s most vulnerable people. I support Free Basics – and digital equality for India. Thank you.”
Free Basics gives people access to vital services like communication, healthcare, education, job listings and farming information – all without data charges. It helps those who can’t afford to pay for data, or who need a little help getting started online. And it’s open to all people, developers and mobile operators.
But Free Basics is in danger in India. A small, vocal group of critics are lobbying to have Free Basics banned on the basis of net neutrality. Instead of giving people access to some basic internet services for free, they demand that people pay equally to access all internet services – even if that means 1 billion people can’t afford to access any services.
The TRAI is holding a public debate that will affect whether free basic internet services can be offered in India. Your voice is important for the 1 billion Indian people who are not yet connected and don’t have a voice on the internet.
Unless you take action now, India could lose access to free basic internet services, delaying progress towards digital equality for all Indians. Tell the TRAI you support Free Basics and digital equality in India.“
Have you read it carefully? Let us see the important points which have not been covered.
TRAI Asked RIL To Put Facebook’s Free Basics On Hold: And Once Again Asks The Opinion of Users:
What could be the merits and demerits if you sign up the petition in order to save the free basic internet which is fully supported by the Facebook, read on to know.
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1. It may give the commercial advantage to the Facebook and it partners.
2. Data Package prices may increase.
3. Competing the Facebook will become very tough.
4. User privacy may be compromised.
5. Think for a while, if you are given access only to Facebook than what other sites may do? This may violate the Net neutrality.
If you have any Question and queries regarding the ‘Net Neutrality’ and ‘Free Basics by Facebook’ you can comment below.