Free Basics- A detailed analysis.

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Free Basics by Facebook is a platform that provides free access to basic internet services to a billion people all over the world. It aims to make internet feasible to more people by providing them access to a range of free basic services like news, maternal health, travel, local jobs, sports, communication and local government information. Till date, Facebook has been successful in providing these services to a billion people across Asia, Africa, and Latin America. By introducing people to the benefits of the internet through these services, they aim to bring more people online and help improve their lives. Free Basics is a part of the Internet.org, an initiative by Facebook.
It presumes to be a noble initiative and aims to provide information and tools as diverse as the people using them, especially content and services in local languages.
Internet.org is a partnership between Facebook and six companies -Samsung, Ericsson, MediaTek, Opera Software, Nokia and Qualcomm. It has been criticized for violating net neutrality and for discriminating the companies not in the list , including Facebook’s rivals.
According to Net Neutrality activists, zero-rating platforms are in violation of the guiding principle of how the Internet should function. What Facebook won’t tell you about Free Basics is that there are other successful models for providing free Internet access to people, without giving a competitive advantage to Facebook. Free Basics is the worst option , according to TRAI. Facebook doesn’t pay for free basics , rather telecom operators have to pay from other users who pay. By encouraging people to choose Free Basics, Facebook reduces the propensity to bring down data costs for paid Internet access. Free Basics isn’t solely about bringing people online, it’s about keeping Facebook and its partners free, while everything else remains paid. Internet access is growing rapidly in India. We’ve added 100 million users in 2015. Almost all the connections added in India in the last 1 year are NOT because of Free Basics. Facebook says that Free Basics doesn’t have ads, but does not say that it will never have ads.
Amongst all the criticism,through this platform,Facebook tends to make it easy for any developer to create services that integrate with Free Basics. The goal is to work with as many developers as possible to extend the benefits of connectivity to different communities around the world.

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Raahat Manrai

Raahat Manrai (DAV College 10)

She is an avid book reader and a big time foodie who loves to simply enjoy the serenity what the world has to offer.

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