India’s regulator blocks Facebook’s Free Basics Internet

INTERESfbInternetIndia’s telecoms regulator has blocked Facebook’s Free Basics Internet service app as part of a ruling in favour of net neutrality.

Facebook’s scheme was opposed by supporters of net neutrality who argued that data providers should not favour some online services over others.

Facebook responded saying he was disappointed with the decision and remains committed to keep working to break down barriers to connectivity in India and around the world, especially as more than a billion people in India do not have access to the Internet, and connecting them would help lift people out of poverty, create millions of jobs, and spread education opportunities.

The World Wide Web Foundation founded by Sir Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the web, welcomed the regulator’s decision.