Net Neutrality: opens platform for developers

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    Finding itself on the wrong side of Net Neutrality debate, Facebook today made its platform open to all content and application developers who meet "certain guidelines".

    Net Neutrality: opens platform for developers

    However, Reliance Communications remains the only Indian telecom partner as of now on this platform, which has seen entities like Cleartrip and NDTV walking out.

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    "The platform will be open to all developers who meet certain guidelines, including content that can be browsed on both feature and smartphones and on limited bandwidth," Vice President Product Chris Daniels told PTI.

    Net Neutrality: opens platform for developers

    The move comes amid raging debate in the country on Net Neutrality, which stands for equal treatment to be accorded to all Internet traffic.

    The principle states that no priority would be given to an entity or company based on payment to service providers like telecom companies, which is seen as discriminatory.

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    The debate in India has also been triggered by mobile operator Airtel introducing an open marketing platform 'Airtel Zero', and TRAI's consultation paper on whether telecom firms can be allowed to charge different rates for different uses of Internet data like email, Internet browsing and use of apps like Whatsapp, Viber and Sky.

    Net Neutrality: opens platform for developers

    In India, had partnered with Reliance Communications in February this year to provide free Internet access to 33 websites as part of its initiative raised eyebrows, with free Internet supporters saying that it violates the idea of Net Neutrality. This led to partners like Cleartrip to walk out of the initiative.

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    India has the world's third largest Internet userbase after China and the US. Daniels said: "The principles of neutrality must co-exist with programmes like that encourage bringing people online."

    Net Neutrality: opens platform for developers

    He added that was open for mobile operators as well as developers and there are no financial transactions involved. states that it aims to bring 5 billion people online in partnership with tech giants like Samsung and Qualcomm.

    It claims that the platform has made free basic Internet services available to more than 800 million people in nine countries, including India. "These websites are simple and data efficient, so operators can offer these for free in an economically sustainable way.

    Because these services have to be specially built to these specifications, we started by offering just a few," Daniels said. He added that with the opening up of the platform, people will be able to search and use the services that meet these guidelines.

    When asked whether Facebook is talking to other telecom operators to join the platform, he said: "I will not say whether we are in discussions or not. We are open to all telecom operators and developers."

    Source: PTI


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