India's ban on Facebook's Free Basics has provoked a range of responses, from CEO Mark Zuckerberg's disappointed reaction to World Wide Web founder Tim Berners-Lee's supportive tweet for net neutrality Today, Silicon Valley venture capitalist...Show More Summary
Last year, when the FCC was preparing to vote on the new Open Internet Order (aka “net neutrality”) and its reclassification of broadband Internet as a vital utility, virtually the entire telecom and cable industry claimed this change would ruin investment and slow innovation. But a look at the year-end financial figures for the biggest naysayers casts a lot of …
Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s goal of connecting the world just hit a serious setback in India.
In the United States, the social media giant has been an advocate of equal treatment of all Internet content. In India, regulators who share that belief have effectively blocked a free Facebook service.
(Image: Rob Pegoraro/Yahoo Tech) Verizon Wireless is streaming all over the idea of net neutrality. Of course, that’s not how the nation’s largest wireless carrier — which just began exempting video streamed via its own go90 video app from the data quotas of its service plans— would describe it. Show More Summary
Regulators ban service that offered limited internet access to the low-income people on net neutrality laws.
The Indian telecom regulator dealt a blow on Monday to Facebook Inc.'s controversial Free Basics online access plan by banning Internet service providers from offering customers preferential tariffs to access specific content, upholding the norms of net neutrality. Net neutrality says that allWeb traffic should be treated equally and technology companies [...]
Last February, the Federal Communications Commission made history by taking sweeping action to promote a fast, fair, and open internet. Their net neutrality ruling made the most headlines, but a second ruling preventing states from blocking localities seeking to develop municipal broadband was nearly as huge. Show More Summary
Elise Amendola / AP Today in One Paragraph The White House will ask Congress for $1.8 billion to combat the Zika virus. Indian regulators banned Facebook’s Free Basic program on net neutrality grounds. And Hillary Clinton’s campaign may see a staff shake-up earlier than expected. Top News Fighting Zika. Show More Summary
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India banned Facebook's "Free Basics" service along with other zero-rated service in a win for net neutrality supporters.
Facebook took a major blow in its initiative to spread free Internet around the world on Monday when Indian regulators banned its “Free Basics” program, which would have given free access to a select part of the Internet, including Facebook’s...Show More Summary
As expected, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has passed new net neutrality rules (pdf) that specifically ban the practice of zero rating. The rules are relatively clear in that they prevent either content companies or ISPs from striking deals that exempt select content from usage caps. Show More Summary
The government has halted the program over concerns that Facebook violates Net neutrality by offering only certain Web content for free.
India's Internet activists have scored an epic victory in their battle against Facebook and its attempt to become gatekeeper to the Internet in India. (more…)
India introduced rules on Monday to prevent Internet service providers from having different pricing policies for accessing different parts of the Web, in a setback to Facebook Inc’s plan to roll out a pared-back free Internet service to the masses. The new rules came after a two-month long...
There has been a lot of debate recently about Facebook’s zero-rate mobile service Free Basics. It has been criticized for being against the spirit of net neutrality and it was expected that India, one of the markets where this service is offered, will ban Free Basics. Show More Summary
Zero-rating targeted by regulators overseas while it remains legal in US.
India has banned free mobile programs that allow Internet access to only certain services, a strategy employed by Facebook with its Free Basics project that was called antithetical to net neutrality.
Internet freedom activists called it a violation of net neutrality
The controversial program offered mobile web access to limited websites and services, sparking criticism among open internet proponents.