Mark Zuckerberg responds to ban on Free Basic by TRAI

Photo of Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg during the II CEO Summit of the Americas on the sidelines of the VII Summit of the Americas in Panama City
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Facebook Inc. founder Mark Zuckerberg is disappointed but not demotivated with the decision of Telecom Regulatory Authority of India ruled Monday that banned Free Basics in India.

Mark Zuckerberg said he will continue to work toward the Free but limited Internet access to poor people in India and throughout the World.

On his official Facebook profile, he posted his thought about this decision.

“Today India’s telecom regulator decided to restrict programmes that provide free access to data. This restricts one of Internet.org’s initiatives, Free Basics, as well as programmes by other organisations that provide free access to data”.

“While we’re disappointed with today’s decision, I want to personally communicate that we are committed to keep working to break down barriers to connectivity in India and around the world. Internet.org has many initiatives, and we will keep working until everyone has access to the internet,” he said.

Last year, Facebook and Reliance Communication initiated the joint venture to provide free access to cricket scores, job posting and parenting guide. TRAI ordered Reliance to stop providing support to Free Basics and asked for suggestions.

Mark Zuckerberg said in the post that Internet.org would continue it initiatives “until everyone has access to the Internet.”

“Our mission is to make the world more open and connected,” he wrote. “That mission continues, and so does our commitment to India.”

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