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Free Basics may not be totally on the Mark but don’t trash it

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[h=2]Free Basics may not be totally on the Mark but don’t trash it[/h]Chetan Bhagat in The Underage Optimist | Economy, India | TOI

Before I begin this, let me confess I am a bit of a Mark Zuckerberg fan. Who wouldn’t be? Harvard dropout creates internet startup, makes it one of the most valuable companies in the world. Facebook has a billion-and-a-half-plus active subscribers. People are addicted to FB. where they spend hours daily tracking their friends’ lives. Mark changed the world in the coolest way ever. He never forced anyone. Yet, he attracted everyone to his creation. He became a billionaire. Then, he did something even cooler. He pledged 99% of his $45-billion wealth to charity. It’s a staggering amount (around Rs 300,000 crore) to give away. All this, and Mark is only 31. I think, for all practical purposes, he is the coolest person alive.

Why is this important? It is because Mark is backing an initiative called Free Basics (earlier known as internet.org), supposedly to connect more people in the world to the net. Free Basics involves collaboration with existing telecom companies in developing countries, where internet penetration is still low. Telecom companies already connect people with voice services on the phone. Many such people cannot afford data services, so they are cut off from the world of the internet. A quick way to connect them is to offer them free internet, customized to a few chosen sites, which will be designed for lower bandwidth. The telecom companies and site owners will work out between them how the subsidy is absorbed.

Read more at: http://blogs.timesofindia.indiatime...not-be-totally-on-the-mark-but-dont-trash-it/
[h=1]Mark Zuckerberg plea for free Web in India wins support in review[/h]Trai says that 1.35 million responses in support of the plan—or 56% of all comments—came from Facebook’s @supportfreebasics.in

A majority of Indians who submitted comments to the nation’s telecommunications regulator said they support Facebook Inc.’s Free Basics plan that would allow free Web access.

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) said that 1.35 million responses in support of the plan—or 56% of all comments—came from Facebook’s @supportfreebasics.in, according to a report on the agency’s review of different pricing for data services. It received another 544,000 responses from @facebookmail.com, with most backing Facebook’s plan, the regulator said.

Comments either supporting or opposing differential pricing were “basically template responses” and “identical in nature,” the regulator said Saturday on its website, without explaining how the views would be used in the review. The agency’s chief, R.S. Sharma, told The Hindu newspaper in an interview published 1 January that such responses were “not helpful at all” and didn’t represent meaningful input. The regulator has appealed to respondents and Facebook to solicit more detailed opinions.

Read more at: http://www.livemint.com/Industry/8y...-for-free-Web-in-India-wins-support-in-r.html
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