As expected, Facebook has expressed disappointment over the TRAI ruling on discriminatory data pricing. The social networking giant, which had run extensive campaign to push its Free Basics program in India, added it will continue to make efforts to provide "an easier path to the Internet."
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) today announced its recommendations on the issue of differential data pricing. The regulator has barred service providers from offering or charging differential data tariffs on the basis of content. The decision essentially means end of programs such as Facebook’s Free Basics as well as zero-rated services like Airtel Zero in India. Shortly after the announcement, reactions both in favor and against differential data pricing have flooded on the social media. Here are some of the main responses from the telecom industry, and from users on social media.
The Indian Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has released its recommendations on the issue of differential pricing. The regulator has categorically said no service provider should offer or charge discriminatory tariffs for data on the basis of content. The regulator will levy a penalty of Rs 50,000 a day capped at Rs 50 lakhs for discriminatory tariffs charged by service providers. This officially marks the end of services like Facebook's Free Basics and Airtel Zero.