Facebook answers TRAI queries on Free Basics in fresh email

Facebook on Monday changed the text of its email that is being sent to the telecom regulator as part of its “Save Free Basics” campaign, and said that zero-rating platforms like Free Basics should not be banned.

It also addressed the four specific questions that have been asked by the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India in its paper on “differential pricing of data services”. “It is not clear that the Free Basics programme should be considered as differential pricing, but even if it is, Free Basics should be allowed under any regulatory framework adopted by TRAI,” reads the new text, in response to the question on whether telecom service providers should be allowed to have differential pricing for┬ádata usage for accessing different websites, applications or platforms.

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