TRAI’s decision to revoke free basics in India has been disappointing, said Mark Zuckerberg, the founder of the social media giant, Facebook. According to his status message, the decision would affect the proposal to usher in as many people to the Internet, yet they would be committed to break down barriers to improve connectivity in India.
The decision taken by TRAI would save net neutrality. And Facebook’s free basics and Airtel zero plans will have to be on hold as India’s telecom regulatory authority said no to discrimination on the prices of data content
“India’s telecom regulator decided to restrict programmes that provide free access to data. This restricts one of Internet.org’s initiatives, Free Basics, as well as programmes by other organizations that provide free access to data,” the 31-year-old billionaire posted on Tuesday.
“While I am disappointed with the decision, I want to personally communicate that we are committed to keep working to break down barriers to connectivity in India and around the world. Internet.org has many initiatives, and we will keep working until everyone has access to the Internet,” Zuckerberg added.