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Facebook's Plan to Monopolize The Internet In India Should Be Defeated - TechCrunch

Despite rebranding its free 'walled garden' of apps plan in India under the new name of “Free Basics,” Facebook remains in direct violation of an open Internet. Facebook's first attempt with Indian carrier Airtel was rolled-back soon after ...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 »

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 free 'basic internet services' have been shut down for 3 million Egyptians - Business Insider

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg REUTERS/Stephen Lam Social media site Facebook says a program that had been giving free basic Internet services to over three million Egyptians has been shut down. In a statement to The Associated Press on Wednesday ...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 is a controversial method to achieve it. The company wants to provide a subset of the Internet free of charge to consumers ...and more »

'Free Basics': Creating Digital Equality or Divide? - NDTV

The debate over internet freedom has taken a new turn with Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg's latest pitch for 'Free Basics', a start up set of a limited number of websites, provided free of charge... to mobile internet users. Net Neutrality activists ...and more »

Consultation paper is not an opinion poll: TRAI chairman - The Hindu

India's telecom regulator has received over 14 lakh responses in support of Facebook's Free Basics, virtually all redundant for formulating a policy as the regulator had sought views on the principle of differential pricing for data services ...and more »

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

Nandan Nilekani and Viral Shah. 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 ...and more »

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

It has been less than two months since the nationwide launch of the Free Basics app in India. The smart phone application (formerly known as offers free access to Facebook, Facebook-owned products like WhatsApp, and a select suite of ...and more »

Why India's Net Neutrality Activists Hate Facebook - Bloomberg

When Facebook Inc.'s co-founder proposed bringing free Web services to India, his stated aim was to help connect millions of impoverished people to unlimited opportunity. Instead, critics have accused him of making a poorly disguised land grab in India ...and more »