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Save the Internet urge people to support Net Neutrality

As Facebook launched its “Save Free Basics” campaign last week, urging users to show support for digital equality in India, in response to a paper by the telecom regulator which is seeking comments on differential pricing practices such as Airtel Zero of Facebook’s Free Basics, which was earlier called Internet.org.

savetheinternet.in volunteers say that Facebook is trying to abuse its over 130 million user base in India by misleading them into thinking they are supporting “digital equality”, in addition to running a massive advertising campaign outside the social network. Even i received a text message in Marathi language.

Save Free Basics Campaign Message in Marathi
Save Free Basics Campaign Message in Marathi

However, this time, the savetheinternet volunteers say that Facebook is trying to abuse its over 130 million user base in India by misleading them into thinking they are supporting “digital equality”, in addition to running a massive advertising campaign outside the social network. Facebook however, said it was not abusing its market dominance. “Facebook makes no money, and runs no ads on Facebook in Free Basics. Free Basics is about providing internet access for the unconnected – and it is succeeding,” it said in an emailed response to ET. “We’ve been trying to mobilise savetheinternet.in for a few days but the challenge we’re facing is people feel that they’ve done their bit already,” said Nikhil Pahwa, founder of online portal Medianama, who has been instrumental in bringing net neutrality to the fore in India.

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I have written before on this issue of Net Neutrality and support it because of what it means :

“The principle that Internet service providers should enable access to all content and applications regardless of the source, and without favouring or blocking particular products or websites.”

Right now savetheinternet.in asks for your help on this issue of Net Neutrality to tell TRAI …Once Again.! The last date for comments on the consultation paper is December 30 and for counter comments is January 7 – The Economic Times.

Facebook is selling old wine (Internet.org) in a new bottle (Free Basics), users be aware – The Times of India.

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