Facebook Inc.’s free-but-limited Internet plan in partnership with a domestic carrier in India violates the spirit of net neutrality, according to the initial consensus within the country’s telecommunications ministry, the Times of India newspaper reported. The ministry has set up a “high-level committee” to create rules governing net neutrality in the nation, the paper said.
Facebook’s Internet.org app offers free access to a clutch of popular services and websites. The social-media giant has replicated this model in several developing countries that represent potentially huge markets for it in the future. In India, it has partnered with Reliance Communications Ltd., the nation’s fourth-largest carrier. Subscribers need to download the Internet.org app to access the services included.