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Wednesday, December 23, 2015

Indian Regulator Temporarily Suspends Facebook’s Free Basics: ToI

Indian Regulator Temporarily Suspends Facebook’s Free Basics, Says Report | TechCrunch: "Now the Times of India reports that Reliance Communications, one of Facebook’s partners, has agreed to temporarily halt Free Basics on its network after receiving a request from the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI).

 This is a big deal because the TRAI is set to hold a hearing on net neutrality next month before issuing a final decision that may force Free Basics to undergo major revisions to continue operating in India.

 A Facebook spokesperson said “We are committed to Free Basics and to working with Reliance and the relevant authorities to help people in India get connected,” but did not confirm if the service has been temporarily halted. TechCrunch has also contacted Reliance and the TRAI for comment.

Information about Free Basics is still available on Reliance’s site.

The company, India’s fourth-largest telecom operator with about 110 million users as of June, made Free Basics available to all its subscribers last month." 'via Blog this'

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