A brief look at Facebook's attempt to introduce its 'Free Basics' mobile internet package in India, and some of the response from both the Indian public, as well as the most recent ruling by their telecommunications regulatory agency, the TRAI, which effectively ruled against the idea. There are many issues at play, including Net Neutrality, Western Techno-Paternalism (The new colonialism?), the Digital Divide, and whether or not some access is better than none. Facebook remains committed to their ideal of connecting the entire world's population to the internet, even in a limited form. Whether this is an altruistic goal or self-serving on their part, or some combination of the two, is open to debate. We hope this video sparks further discussion.
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