This paper aims to dispel and rebut an ideology inspired onslaught on Facebook’s offering of Free Basics, an Internet service described as free to enable the poor to get on to the Internet.
The study is based on a comparison of Free Basics with several freely and selectively offered goods and services by the government of India and its companies and departments to help the poor.
Free Basics offered by Facebook is not anti-net neutrality nor discriminatory against innovative service offerings by start-ups or others.
The paper sdds to the material for consideration by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India in determining its position on the issue.
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