This was the questionnaire that i had posted to Facebook’s blog site. I am not very optimistic about a response, but if i do get one, i shall share it here.
“Hi, I am a researcher working on various aspects of the evolving Internet ecosystem. I am sure, that you would have come across this question several times, but, I would like a response from the aspect of Net Neutrality. Is Facebook really promoting and providing free Internet to millions, or is it simply promoting itself? The definition of the Internet, should clearly be, free and Fair access to any website, chosen by an individual, but Facebook clearly isn’t doing the same. It would have made sense if Facebook had indeed made the entire Internet free, or at subsidised costs, without any bias, with users having equal access to any service of their choice. But, that clearly doesn’t seem to be the case.
For instance, I use a competitor to Hungama for my music listening services, but if i switch to your so called ‘Internet.org”, i will have to pay for it. Then, how is this fair and how is this making the Internet available to millions, when the basic rules of Net neutrality have been thumped for a toss? I hope i do get a response.
Read the original Facebook post here., and look at this quote, from that post.
“Today, Facebook and Reliance Communications are making
the internet (few websites only, including Facebook, off course) available to millions of people in India through the launch of the Internet.org app and free basic services. This is the first time the Internet.org app will be available in the region.”
P.S : Having made a nice big rant, and although, I do not stand for it, I have long believed that Net Neutrality is not at all viable in the long term, atleast not in India. And this is just a classic example, possibly. And i think, the strongest villain in this debate is the Elephant in the Room, Video, who hardly features in such topics of ‘Net Neutrality’ discussion. This will call for a seperate post. Hope you like the post.