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Internet has been a source of information exchange,a medium of entertainment and a platform for socializing with family, friends and colleagues. But, the Internet is still inaccessible to many people in India either due to the cost of unlimited Internet usage or pertaining to locations where Internet access is not feasible.

Mark Zuckerberg of Facebook, which has about billions of users worldwide saw this wide gap between usage of the Internet and the people who cannot afford using the Internet due to various reasons and hence came up with a proposal of offering free Internet access through cellular networks. This new business model called Internet.org by the largest online social network was launched in India through Reliance Communications mobile broadband networks.
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The mobile internet penetration is not new to India but offering free the Internet through 2G and 3G networks, many people who feared using Internet due to high bill accumulation will now make use of this free service through mobile network. It is necessary to note that “free internet access” or "Freenet" means that only those links listed on Internet.org is free of charge and caution should be taken not click on the link which is outside the listed sites which include pictures or videos as they are chargeable depending upon the data tariff. Weird! But why? The following lines will throw some light on whether Internet.org is really free or not and its tremendous growth in years.

Advantages of Internet.org
It provides both 2G and 3G access to the Internet services at absolute zero data charges . Yes, you heard it right. There is no charge for using the Internet through the Internet.org app. It provides free access to about 33 useful websites ranging from news, maternal health, travel, local jobs, sports, communication, and local government information reaching more number of people both in urban as well as rural areas in about seven languages which includes English, Hindi, Tamil, Telugu, Malayalam, Gujarati and Marathi. It provides free access to the topmost social media service “Facebook” providing more global access of information and also enable in bringing out ideas and talents from the population which otherwise is not possible. 

Prepaid and Postpaid Users
Prepaid GSM and CDMA users will have no depletion both for their Data Quota or Account balance for using Internet.org. Hence free of charge for prepaid users.
Postpaid GSM Users will also not be charged for Internet if they don't have Data Quota else their the PCRF usage will be taken into account. But, CDMA Postpaid the service is not free and is chargeable.

Net Neutrality
The principle behind Net Neutrality is that Internet service contents and its applications should be accessible to all regardless of the source, and without favouring or blocking particular products or websites. But as per track.in, by just allowing only few sets of free Internet to be accessed in this scheme, the Internet exposure has zeroed in the choices of the public using Internet violating Net neutrality principle. It means the time is not far wherein we have to pay to get access to Internet in terms of packages.

Free Basics Platform
The growth of Internet.org is like how Facebook has become as important part of our life. The Free Basics Platform provides people with access to basic websites for free like news, job postings, health and education information, and communication tools like Facebook. It even allows service providers and website owners to add their apps, website or service for the people to have free access them. Here it means any organisation be it a non-profit organization or Government organization can access the resources of this platform and thereby provide essential information to your citizens through Free Basics. 

But whatever the argument is, it looks like Internet.org Free Basics Platform has grown exponentially now and expanding itself in many countries including Brazil, Philippines, Mexico and more.

1 comments:

  1. It seems to be a revolution! But, why do they provide it free? I mean, no one can do free business if they want to survive. SO what's the logic behind this? Please share your thoughts...

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