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Sandip Roy: Free Basics

Is net neutrality just a right for the West and a luxury for the rest. And must poor countries be told, be grateful, half an internet is better than no Internet at all?

What’s Free Basics? It’s the new avatar of its old Internet.org. Facebook says it’s about providing millions of poor Indians with free access to basic Internet services. 

Except Internet activists, academics, companies like Zomato say what Facebook and Indian telecom behemoth Reliance are teaming up to do is create a walled garden where stuff THEY like and approve will be free. Things Reliance doesn’t like Voice Over IP won’t.