InShortViral: Facebook offers free basic Internet services in India, but this service was some local critics of the boycott. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India to invite people to participate, together decide whether to ban the service.
On Dec. 29 a message from Facebook, it offers free basic Internet services in India, but this service was some local critics of the boycott. The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India to invite people to participate, together decide whether to ban the service or to implement it. Facebook CEO Zuckerberg did not understand, he wrote an article published in a medium, requires public support “Free Basics” Internet services.
Free Internet India Refused, Zuckerberg Personal Letter of Dissatisfied
Here is the full article Zuckerberg:
To give one billion people interconnected, India must select facts rather than imagination. In any society, there will be some of the basic services that are vital to people’s survival, everyone should have free access to it. We will be free books collected, and then call it a library. It does not include every book, but it still gives us a world of books.
We have a free basic medical services. Free treatment in public hospitals, although not all diseases, but it does save a lot of lives. We have a free basic education, every child should go to school. The 21st century, everyone should be able to get the tools and information to better enjoy other public services, access to basic social and economic rights.
For this reason, everyone should get free basic Internet services. We know that if a person can access, he can get to work, education, health, communication services. We know that for every 10 people connected to the Internet will have one person out of poverty. We know that if you want to progress in India, more than 10 million people will be connected to the Internet.
This is not theory, but fact.
There is another fact to note that when once people free access to basic Internet services, the digital divide will disappear immediately. The study found that the biggest obstacle to people’s access to the Internet there are two: First, cheap enough, the second is lack of awareness of the Internet. Many people simply can not afford network costs, even if they can afford it, do not necessarily know how the Internet will change lives.
In the past year, Facebook and mobile operators, APP developers, civil society in India and other more than 30 countries to address these challenges. We launched the “Free Basics” service, it is a basic Internet services, providing education, health care, employment, communications and other functions, users do not have to pay data charges to access the Internet.
It has more than 35 operators to launch “Free Basics” service, through which 15 million people online. People use “Free Basics” of less than 30 days, half had opened the complete paid Internet services. Everyone should access the Internet, if you accept this point of view, we will support free basic Internet services. This is why more than 30 countries have recognized the “Free Basics” project is to uphold “net neutrality”, but also beneficial for consumers.
How could anyone oppose it do?
Astonishing is that in the past year, the project is actually in India caused a great controversy. Opponents do not want the public free access to basic Internet services, they continue to spread inaccurate remarks, although these statements detrimental to one billion people. Opponents do not realize the fact that the “Free Basics” opens the door to the entire Internet, they falsely assert “Free Basics” for the Internet to build a fence.
Opponents are not welcome “Free Basics” as an open-source platform for cooperation with telecom providers, does not welcome developers to provide free services to the people, they falsely assert that these services will reduce the user’s choice. Opponents do not realize that “Free Basics” service fully respect net neutrality, they falsely assert “Free Basics” destroyed the network neutrality.
A few months ago, I heard Maharashtra the story of a farmer, the farmer Ganesh. Last year, Mr. Ganesh began using “Free Basics” Internet service, he check the weather information for the monsoon season farming arrangements. He looks at commodity prices, buy inexpensive products. Ganesh is now investing in new crops and livestock.
Those who oppose the free basic Internet services should keep in mind one thing: we have done everything in order to serve the same person as Ganesh. It is independent of commercial interests Facebook, Facebook offered in “Free Basics” service did not even advertising. If people can not use the free basic Internet services, today all opportunities provided by the Internet and they will not get.
Telecom Regulatory Authority of India is now invited the public to help them make decisions, take a look at the basic free Internet service is not should be allowed to exist. For those who are concerned about India’s future, the answer some questions are useful, their answer will determine whether many people access to the Internet in India.
Communications, education, health care, employment, agriculture, women’s rights and other services are essential, in the end there is no reason to stop people from enjoying these services? Before we had heard some people have concerns about the legal aspects of these problems we have quickly resolved. We are willing to accept other methods are also willing to encourage innovation.
Today’s project is creating tremendous benefits for the people and the entire Internet ecosystem. We have no reason to prevent people choose “Free Basics” service, in the past few weeks, many Indians have told this little Telecom Regulatory Authority of India.
Select the facts, do not choose the wrong conclusions. Everyone should enjoy the Internet. Free basic internet services can help us achieve this goal. “Free Basics” should continue, it can help India achieve digital equality.