Why Facebook’s Free Basics is threat to Net Neutrality?

I’ve been observing that many of my friends have been signing petition and sending mails to TRAI in support of Facebook’s ‘Free Basics’, most of them are unaware of the implications of their mails. Facebook’s Free Basics is a direct threat to net neutrality in India. On the paper, it appears that intention of Facebook is noble which aims at providing few services free for people who don’t have internet connectivity at present.
But, there are few important things which FB won’t let you know and get your sign in disguise.

1. Facebook is using the bandwidth which belongs to us actually to provide services of certain kinds only. It’s very selective in nature and threatens the basic idea of net neutrality. You don’t have the luxury of of accessing the websites based on your will. Imagine a system where you can access Facebook only but can’t access Wikipedia or YouTube because Facebook doesn’t want so and apparently FB is controlling that bandwidth.

2. Facebook claims that every content or service provider is free to come and join this platform. So nice! But major services and content providers won’t ever like to join this because nobody would want their customers virtually owned by Facebook. Remember that Facebook is providing this platform where all would come together.

3. Facebook is putting full page ads in newspapers and spending millions on PR to persuade people for supporting this. Do you think that any corporate company would spend so much for charity? Let’s agree for a moment that Facebook wants to provide free internet to poors. Then let’s give, say 300MB data every months to an user and let him use in the way he wants. Let him browse whatever wants but Facebook won’t do so. Facebook wants people to be slave of certain websites.

4. Facebook is trying to build Social Media Operating System and trying to kill its every competitor. The rival of Facebook is neither Twitter nor Snapchat but Google. What Google is trying to do in terms of connectivity, Facebook is trying to do in data collection. Data is one of the most precious things for companies at present era and Facebook is trying to gain control of it. What Android is to Google, Free Basics is to Facebook. You can understand now why Facebook is trying so fiercely for it.

5. Facebook claims that more than 30 countries have agreed to implement Free Basics. Rubbish! Who are these countries? Countries from African continent who are wretchedly poor and their internet network is still in nascent stage. We know how to use our bandwidth effectively.
Don’t fall for the campaign of Facebook. Use your brain then sign the petition. Net neutrality is your right and don’t let anyone snatch this right from you.

Published by Satish Verma

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