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Net neutrality needs to be protected for consumers: Zuckerberg

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ZuckerbergSocial network giant Facebook has said it’s important to get the debate on net neutrality “right” in India.

Facebook Chief Mark Zuckerberg said net neutrality needs to be protected for consumers. The regulatory framework should also ensure that companies are allowed to work on new models for stepping up internet access, Zuckerberg said adding that expanding the reach and access of internet is a large national and global priority.

Facebook recently announced that it will not withdraw its controversial zero-rated platform internet.org from India. The social media giant is reportedly planning to open it up to newer telecom operators to provide internet access to the unconnected.

The top committee formed by Department of Telecom (DoT), which submitted recommendations on the various aspects of net neutrality in May, had criticised internet.org initiative. The committee said the platform favoured the social media giant and provided access only to select applications.

India has over 8 lakh users under the internet.org initiative. The platform has been rebranded as Free Basics and is now available in 20 countries.

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