With TRAI batting for Net Neutrality, Facebook’s founder and chief Mark Zuckerberg expressed his disappointment, calling the telecom regulator’s decision as restricting programs that provide free access to data.
“This restricts one of Internet.org’s initiatives, Free Basics, as well as programs by other organizations that provide free access to data,” he wrote on his Facebook page. ” While we’re disappointed with today’s decision, I want to personally communicate that we are committed to keep working to break down barriers to connectivity in India and around the world. Internet.org has many initiatives, and we will keep working until everyone has access to the internet.”
He reiterated his decision to launch Internet.org was to give everyone in the world access to the internet. He further claimed that this platform has already improved many people’s lives, and more than 19 million people in 38 countries have been connected through its different programs.
“Connecting India is an important goal we won’t give up on, because more than a billion people in India don’t have access to the internet. We know that connecting them can help lift people out of poverty, create millions of jobs and spread education opportunities. We care about these people, and that’s why we’re so committed to connecting them. Our mission is to make the world more open and connected. That mission continues, and so does our commitment to India,” he added.