Millions of Indians Slam Facebook's 'Free Basics' App - Advox (press release) (blog)

Two-page Free Basics newspaper advertisement urging Indians to advocate against net neutrality protections before the government. Image widely shared on social media. It has been less than two months since the nationwide launch of the Free Basics app ...and more »

TRAI extends deadline for comments on net neutrality to Jan 7 - The Hindu

The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) on Wednesday extended the last date for submission of comments on its paper on differential data pricing to January 7 from December 30. Similarly, the last date for counter-comments has been pushed to ...and more »

Nothing free or basic about it - The Hindu

We need to provide full Internet at prices people can afford, not privilege private platforms. This is where India's regulatory system has to step in. The airwaves, the newspapers and even the online space are now saturated with a Rs. 100 crore ...and more »

Facebook's Controversial Free Basics Program Shuts Down In Egypt - TechCrunch

Free Basics, a Facebook program that gives free access to certain Internet services, has been shut down in Egypt. The news comes the week after India's telecom regulator ordered the suspension of Free Basics as it prepares to hold public hearings on ...and more »

Fear of Facebook colonising digital space looms over IT capital - The Hindu

The people opposing Facebook Internet service, called Free Basics, include startup entrepreneurs, students, activists and tech employees. Peerzada Abrar. December 30, 2015 00:06 IST. Updated: September 06, 2016 14:17 IST. more-in. Net Neutrality ...and more »

IIT faculty to move TRAI against Free Basics - The Hindu

Atleast 40 faculty members from the IITs at Mumbai, Delhi, Khargapur and the Indian Institute of Science, Bangalore have, as of Wednesday, signed the petition lambasting >Free Basics — a Facebook initiative to offer free access to a few sites—as ...and more »

India becomes frontline in global battle over Facebook's free Internet service - VentureBeat

Above: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg on stage at the company's F8 developer conference in San Francisco, Calif., in October 2015. Image Credit: Ken Yeung/VentureBeat. MUMBAI (By Himank Sharma, Reuters) — India has become a battleground over ...and more »

Free basics is a walled garden: Here's a much better scheme — Direct Benefit Transfer for internet data packs - Economic Times (blog)

Whenever Sanjay Sahni, a school dropout working as an electrician in New Delhi, returned to his village, Ratnauli in Bihar's Muzaffarpur district, he would hear complaints that his fellow villagers had not received their Nrega wages or job cards. One ...and more »

Crony connectivity, and Internet for us - The Hindu

If the objective is to connect the whole world to the Internet, then Free Basics by Facebook (previously known as internet.org) is a controversial method to achieve it. The company wants to provide a subset of the Internet free of charge to consumers ...and more »

A Week After India Banned It, Facebook's Free Basics Shuts Down in Egypt - Gizmodo

Facebook's “Free Basics” program in Egypt has been shut down, according to Facebook. It's unclear why the new free internet service stopped working. However, the news arrives a week after the Indian government temporarily banned the program in the ...and more »