New Delhi: Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg expressed his disappointment on TRAI’s verdict on net neutrality saying that he is committed to keep working to break down connectivity barriers in India and around the world.
“Today India's telecom regulator decided to restrict 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.”
“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,” Zuckerberg wrote in a Facebook post.
While asserting that connecting India was important, Zuckerberg said that, “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.”
Backing net neutrality, Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) barred telecom operator from charging differential rates based on content, delivering a blow to Facebook’s Free Basics and other such plans.