Free Internet Scheme (Net Neutrality)
In each society, there’re definite basic services which are so significant for wellbeing of the people that we anticipate everybody can access those without any cost. We’ve collections of books and the place is called library. They do not contain each type of book, but they’re still providing a good assistance to the society.
We’ve basic healthcare without any cost. Public hospitals do not offer each kind of treatment; however they are providing a great deal of help to the society. We have basic education for free because every child ought to have education.
And in 21st century, everybody as well deserves to access the tools as well as information which can assist them to attain all kind of services, and the entire fundamental economic and social rights. That is why everybody also deserves to access free basic internet services. We well know that while people have accessibility to the WWW they as well get accessibility to jobs, healthcare, communication, education, etc. We are acquainted with the fact that over 1 billion people ought to connect to the WWW to make India progress.
That is not theory. It Is a fact.
One more fact – when people will get access to the services of free basic internet, it will help them in a great deal. Research showed that huge numbers of people cannot afford to connect with the internet. Although, even they get success to connect, they don’t know how WWW can modify their lives.
From last years, Facebook is working with the mobile operators, aplicationp developers as well as civil societies to conquer these issues in India along with 30 other nations. Facebook launched the service of Free Basics keeping in mind to help people to connect with the internet who cannot afford to connect with the WWW. Free Internet Scheme offers services such as education, jobs, communication and healthcare that individuals can utilize without paying a single penny.
Over 35 operators all over the world are providing Free Basics Service and over 15 million individuals have succeeded to connect with the internet. And 50% the individuals who used Free Basic Service to connect with the internet for first time started to pay for accessing full internet inside 30 days.
Consequently the statistics is clear; the Free Basics Service is a link for full internet as well as digital equality. Statistics of over five years of services offering free use of WhatsApp, Facebook and additional services demonstrated the same.
If we consider that everybody deserves to access the WWW, then we all must support the scheme of free basic. That is why over 30 countries have recognized the Free Basics service reliable with the net neutrality as well as good for the people.
Opposition of Free Basics in India
Surprisingly, from the last few years there have been lots of arguments relating to free basics in India. Instead of permitting people to access the free basic internets for free, opponents of this scheme continued to spread fake claims. Instead of acknowledging the truth that the Free Basics Scheme is opening the whole WWW, they continued to allege fallaciously that it will turn the WWW like a garden with high walls.
In India, only Reliance first started to offer Free Basics Internet and then Aircel followed the road after few months. But critics also opposed these services because these two telecom companies are providing free basic internet to the people. And in a big blow to the Free Basics Scheme, Trai on 9/2.2016 imposes ban on the scheme and restricted the programs which provided free access to the WWW.
|Initiatives||Telecom Operators in India Supporting Net Neutrality||Date of Start of Free Basics|
|Extending networks by solar planes, lasers & satellite||Reliance||February 2015|
|Free data access by free basics||Aircell||February 2015|
|Reducing data usage by apps|
|Empowering local businesses by express wi-fi|
|Improving people’s lives|