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Techdirt: India's recommendations for new Net Neutrality protections suggest is just Glorified collusion

Posted by Soledad Vega on Mon, 07/27/2015 - 17:59

The Indian government is in the middle of determining whether or not it will allow Big Telecom giants to create slow lanes for Internet users online, and has come out against Mark Zuckerberg's controversial Internet[dot]org service. You can learn more below, and speak out against Facebook's fake Internet service at

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India's government has finally released the country's recommendations for new net neutrality protections, and the report makes it very clear: they're not impressed with Mark Zuckerberg's vision of a Facebook-dominated, walled-garden Internet future. 

If you recall, Facebook's recently took a nasty international public relations beating for its disregard of net neutrality, with content companies dropping out of the purportedly-altruistic program in droves. These companies complained that the program, which gives consumers in developing nations free access to some Facebook-approved services, set a horrible precedent by placing Facebook in the kingmaker position of a new AOL-esque empire, allowing it to pick and choose winners and losers. 

The Indian government appears to agree, suggesting in the policy recommendation that is basically glorified collusion:

" Content providers have an incentive to leverage the gatekeeper role of networks to collaborate and collude with TSPs/ISPs to stand above competition. Although such practices may enhance consumer welfare in the short run, the distortion in content markets would result in immense damage to the fabric of the Internet economy besides affecting the spread of innovation. While it may be legitimate for content providers to use business tools such as advertisements, reaching the consumer through the control of access or influence over access may have a deleterious impact on the economy."

If Facebook really wants to help the poor, critics like Mozilla have suggested, the company can offer discounted access to the actual Internet

Facebook's response to these complaints so far has been less than impressive. First, company boss Mark Zuckerberg proudly proclaimed that violating net neutrality via zero rating was ok because the company meant well, and that opposition to the program was an extremist position. Facebook then announced it would be opening the walled-garden front door wider to include more services, but stated they'd still be banning most audio, video, JavaScript, Flash and even encrypted content.

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