Fight for the Future

Huge win for Net Neutrality in India: new rules ban discriminatory pricing and “Zero Rating” plans like Facebook’s Free Basics

Posted 11:53 EST on February 8, 2016

February 8, 2016

Contact: Evan Greer, 978-852-6457,

Fight for the Future calls for U.S. to follow suit, ban similarly harmful practices by Comcast,Verizon, T-Mobile, and others

Today, Indian telecom regulator TRAI reaffirmed the principles of net neutrality by banning discriminatory pricing on the basis of content, including so called “Zero Rating” schemes like Facebook’s controversial Free Basics program. The decision marks a major victory for grassroots activists in India and around the world who have been calling for such a ban, and a setback for companies like T-Mobile and Verizon, who have been pushing similar practices in the U.S., claiming that they do not violate net neutrality.

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