Net Neutrality has been a topic that has gotten a lot of press in the U.S. over the past couple years. The idea of it is pretty simple: Internet service providers (ISPs) including wireless carriers shouldn't be allowed to give preferential treatment to different content; users should have equal access to all content. Unfortunately, the Net Neutrality debate is really a privilege of the developed world, according to a new report. The report from the MIT Technology Review , details how Net Neutrality is not a reality for developing nations; and, the tenants of Net Neutrality are being violated in developing nations by some of its biggest supporters in the U.S.. In India, Nigeria, Thailand, Sri Lanka, and the Philippines, Google offers something called the "Free Zone", which allows users to connect to Google services via mobile phones, and Google pays the data charges. Similarly, in 50 different countries around the world (including Australia, France, and the UK), mobile users can … [Read more...] about Companies like Google and Facebook only care about Net Neutrality in the U.S.
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posted on 20 Jan 2014, 21:03 1 1. 14545 (Posts: 1686; Member since: 22 Nov 2011) Hummm, That's interesting. Thanks for bringing this out to the open. I didn't know about this until now, and it seems like something that needs to be talked about more. posted on 20 Jan 2014, 22:54 0 2. eisenbricher (Posts: 973; Member since: 09 Aug 2012) I have one doubt, I have a 2.5Mbps wired connection here in India. While I get the promised speed for every content, somehow Google content loads up way faster. Any download from Google play store/drive/YouTube goes at around 4MBps (Mega Bytes, not bits) means that I'm receiving ~32Mbps for Google content. posted on 20 Jan 2014, 23:45 1 3. wilsong17 (unregistered) im not trying to be rude but google make money of ads posted on 21 Jan 2014, 11:51 1 4. ZeroCide (Posts: 786; Member since: 09 Jan 2013) That is why they are the worlds biggest ad agency. Tech is just their medium. posted on 21 Jan 2014, 12:04 0 5. … [Read more...] about Comments for : Companies like Google and Facebook only care about Net Neutrality in the U.S.
In the United States, debate is raging over how the Internet should be classified and regulated. The argument centers around net neutrality—whether or not all the data passing through a network should be considered equal. But net neutrality is only a part of how the Internet is regulated. Different countries have all tackled regulation in their own way, developing some vastly different systems than the one that will potentially be repealed in the U.S. PORTUGAL Portugal, as part of the European Union, has net neutrality, prohibiting throttling or blocking of data. What is not prohibited is “zero-rating,” where data from specific apps or websites aren’t counted toward a user’s monthly data limit, allowing providers to forge partnerships with particular apps and websites. This has been incorrectly interpreted as a lack of net neutrality, but it’s allowable as long as the provider doesn’t throttle data from other sources. Even … [Read more...] about Countries Around the World Tackled Net Neutrality in Different Ways
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s plan to get more people in poor countries online is a danger to the principles that have made the Internet so successful. So says the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India, or TRAI. On Monday it banned (PDF) the “Free Basics” scheme in which Facebook and mobile networks let people access certain online service—including Facebook and Wikipedia—without incurring the usual data charges.Facebook had already been forced to rename and redesign its program after a wave of protests in India and other countries claiming that it breached the principle of net neutrality, the idea that Internet service providers must not favor particular types of data or service over others. The ruling from India’s regulator affirms the core of those complaints. Making data for certain services free is anticompetitive and gives companies undue control over the information and services poor people can access, it says: “Allowing … [Read more...] about India’s Blow Against Facebook Sets Up a Grand Experiment in Net Neutrality
People are still talking about Facebook’s defeat in India, an indication of just how serious the issue is. In case you missed it, India has essentially banned Facebook’s free Internet service, called Free Basics, claiming it is an affront to the principle of net neutrality.Facebook says it is simply trying to offer a “lite” version of the Internet to disadvantaged countries, bringing the wealth of information contained therein to masses of under-served people across the globe by trimming out a lot of the data-intensive bits that eat up people’s data plans and otherwise make it difficult to access the Web. It sounds like Facebook is making a humanitarian effort here.But India says Facebook’s Free Basics version of the Internet is not ok because it goes against the tenets of net neutrality. The premise of net neutrality is that all sites and services should be treated the same. You shouldn’t have to pay more or less to access Netflix than, … [Read more...] about India’s ban of Facebook’s Free Basics over net neutrality has ripple effect
Indian government has announced it will relax the local sourcing requirements that have prevented foreign companies, including Apple, from entering the nation, reported Bloomberg.Prior to the changes, in order for companies to open single-brand retailers in India, 30 percent of the components used in their products need to be locally sourced. With the changes now in effect, companies will be given a three-year grace period, during which the aforementioned requirement doesn’t need to be followed.After the three years are up, companies need to comply with the local sourcing requirement. However, if they sell state-of-the-art or cutting edge technology, the Indian government could extend the grace period by an extra five years. The hope, at least in theory, is that companies will figure out local manufacturing during the grace period.This is where Apple comes in, which has reportedly been trying to open Apple Stores in … [Read more...] about India’s new rules might make it easier for Apple to (finally) open stores in the country
Facebook has come under fire over its Free Basics program in India and other parts of the world. The service — which was launched in several Indian regions in November 2015 — is a partnership between Facebook and the Reliance mobile network to offer people, who otherwise can’t afford cellular data, access to selected online services at no charge via a free app.Opponents of Free Basics argue that the principle of Net neutrality, which calls for Internet service providers to provide equal access to all content sources, is paramount. They contend that this principle supersedes providing India’s poor with their initial access to the Internet.Updated on 02/08/2015 by Saqib Shah: Added news that India has officially banned zero-rating mobile Internet services including Free Basics by Facebook. Also added statement from Mark Zuckerberg.After months of back and forth, temporary bans, and other blocking measures; the Telecom Regulatory Authority of … [Read more...] about India bans Facebook’s Free basics with a new Net neutrality law
Informatics Stanford engineers have invented a technology that would allow an internet user to tell network providers and online publishers when and if they want content or services to be given preferential delivery, an advance that could transform the network neutrality debate.Net neutrality, as it’s often called, is the proposition that internet providers should allow equal access to all content rather than give certain applications favored status or block others.On home networks, favored status is known as fast track delivery. On mobile devices the terminology is zero-rating, because favored traffic does not count against data usage caps.For years, the net neutrality debate has been at an impasse: either the internet is open or preferences are allowed. But the Stanford engineers – Professor Nick McKeown, Associate Professor Sachin Katti and electrical engineering PhD Yiannis Yiakoumis – say their new technology, called Network … [Read more...] about New Technology Could Help Break Net Neutrality Deadlock
India'sTelecom Regulatory Authority on Monday ruled in favor of Net neutrality, effectively banning Facebook's Free Basics Internet access app."This is a very important decision for the future of the Internet in India," said Barbara van Schewick, director of Stanford Law School'sCenter for Internet and Society, whosepaper the TRA cited in its ruling.The TRA decided "ISPs should not pick winners and losers online," she told the E-Commerce Times. "The Internet is a level playing field where users, not ISPs, decide what they want to do online.""Our goal with Free Basics is to bring more people online with an open, nonexclusive and free platform," said Facebook spokesperson Derick Mains.His comments echoed CEO Mark Zuckerberg'sreaction."While disappointed with the outcome, we will continue our efforts to eliminate barriers and give the unconnected an easier path to the Internet and the opportunities it brings," Mains told the E-Commerce Times.Differential tariffs may make overall Internet … [Read more...] about India Trades Free Basics for Internet Freedom
Google has been in talks with telecom service providers in India to bring its Project Loon to the subcontinent, Rajan Anandan, Google's managing director for Southeast Asia and India, said in an interview published Monday inThe Economic Times.The project would deliver Internet access via balloons floating thousands of feet in the air.It is Google's latest effort to bring Internet access to remote parts of Asia. Last year, parent company Alphabet announced that it had signed agreements with mobile network operators inIndonesia to test the service later this year. The project was launched in 2014, when it was reported that the company was investing at least US$1 billion in efforts to deliver Internet access to remote areas.Google also unveiled a project last year to provide high-speed public WiFi at400 train stations in India. The first of those went online in January. It plans to deploy 99 more by the end of this year.The company's efforts to partner with local telecom companies could … [Read more...] about Google’s Loons to Glide Over India