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India: Facebook violates net neutrality

Staff writer |
Indian telecommunications regulators effectively banned a Facebook's program to let people have free and limited use of the internet.

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The regulator said companies must to charge the same price for access to any website.

Under the regulations, Reliance Communications, Facebook's partner in India, can no longer offer the company's Free Basics service. It also cannot offer free access to Facebook's social-media website.

Critics of Free Basics and similar services say they violate net neutrality by giving an unfair advantage to companies that participate.

Facebook has said the program doesn't violate net neutrality. The company says the aim of Free Basics is to give more people Internet access.

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