Today, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) puts water on the Facebook’s dream project ‘ Free Basics ‘. TRAI block the Free Basics scheme of Facebook and made the decision in the favour of Net Neutrality.
Reminding you, Facebook’s Net Neutrality scheme offered some website’s access for free. These websites include local news websites, Wikipedia and bunch of health sites. The same was opposed by the Net Neutrality supporters which were in the favours of having same charges for all the websites.
In the Discrimination TRAI said that
No service provider shall offer or charge discriminatory tariffs for data services on the basis of content.
It’s not just Facebook’s Free Basics, but also banned the zero-rated internet services altogether. TRAI also ruled about the service provider which don’t obey the order will have to pay the charges. Speaking about this TRAI said that
If a service provider is in contravention of these regulations, the Authority may, without
prejudice to the terms and conditions of licence, or the Act or rules or regulations or orders made, or directions issued, thereunder, direct the service provider to withdraw such tariff and also order such service provider to pay, by way of financial disincentive, an amount of rupees fifty thousand for each day of contravention, subject to a maximum of rupees fifty lakh.
From past many months the battle was going between Facebook Free Basics and the Net Nuetrality supporters. Even Facebook launched the Free Basic program few months ago which reportedly cost them about $45 million. Many peoples on Facebook keep supporting Free Basics service. In last December TRAI temporary blocked the service in India.
In India Reliance communication offered the Internet.org service which was suspended by Telecom. So lets see how Facebook makes a move regarding this.