TRAI has announced its verdict regarding the Facebook’s Free Basics and while the official body acknowledged Facebook for its campaign, the final verdict is in favour of Freedom of Internet in India, and has said no to Facebook’s Free Basics Program.
TRAI: No service provider shall offer or charge discriminatory tariffs for data services on the basis of content.
Facebook have spent more than 300 crores to on its Free Basic Program, a program that might have given control to Facebook over what users will have access to. And now TRAI have given a smashing reply to Facebook by mentioning these points they found wrong in the program.
- No service provider shall enter into any arrangement, agreement or contract, by whatever name called, with any person, natural or legal, that has the effect of discriminatory tariffs for data services being offered or charged by the service provider for the purpose of evading the prohibition in this regulation.
- Reduced tariff for accessing or providing emergency services, or at times of public emergency has been permitted.
- Financial disincentives for contravention of the regulation have also been specified.
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