Egypt orders shut down of Facebook’s Free Basics.



Egypt: Amidst the debate on the free basics vs net neutrality in India, in Egypt decided to shut down Facebook’s controversial free internet services.

Media reports note that Egypt is yet to announce the reason behind it. As of now, telecom carrier Etisalat Egypt, and Facebook’s partner in Egypt has suspended the free internet services that it began providing two months ago.

Only yesterday, academicians from IIT’s and IISc commented Facebook’s Free Basics initiative to be ‘flawed’ and ‘misleading’. Of those three million, one million received access to the internet for the very first time.

Yet, Facebook seems hopeful to resolve the situation. It was recently that the ads and a personal piece by c CEO Mark Zuckerberg, was carried by leading newspapers, defending the Free Basics.

At the same time, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has extended the last date for suggestions and sign up’s on its paper on differential date pricing. This is as it seems, the debate on net neutrality to January 7. TRAI has invited comments whether such plans should be allowed or not.

Facebook rechristened its free internet platform internet.org – which it developed in conjunction with Reliance Communications BSE -0.91 % Network – as Free Basics in September.

According to Facebook, it has been able to offer Free Basics services to a billion people across Asia, Africa and Latin America.