You are just surfing Facebook from your phone and suddenly you get a pop up saying “Do you want free internet?” What are the chances you’ll say No? Exactly, who dosen’t want free internet, but the problem here is it’s not free, just an illusion of “Free”
Facebook users are seeing a pop-up message regarding internet.org service. The missive of the message is to gauge if people are interested in free internet service. The problem with the message is that it doesn’t let you say ‘No.’
The prompt asks users to “show your support for free basic internet services in India,” a sentiment that is difficult to disagree with. Indeed, that must be why Facebook does not provide the option to disagree. The only possible responses are “Not now” and “Yes, I’m In”.
What is Net Neutrality?
In simple words, Net Neutrality means, that you can view any website from anywhere at any time without being charged for each particular website or service individually and ISP should not interfere in your decisions.
According to Wikipedia:
Net neutrality (also network neutrality, Internet neutrality, or net equality) is the principle that Internet service providers and governments should treat all data on the Internet equally, not discriminating or charging differentially by user, content, site, platform, application, type of attached equipment, or mode of communication.
What is Facebook trying to do with Internet.org ?
Facebook is trying to finish competition and create a monopoly for itself. Say you vote “yes” for internet.org, what happens next ? HEre’s what happens next :
- You can get “free” internet for websites which facebook has chosen. Say you want to view videos on YouTube, but Facebook has a deal with Vimeo, and Vimeo has paid facebook so that internet.org users can use their service. Facebook will allow you to view content free of charge on vimeo but you will be charged if you open YouTube.
- Net neutrality means that the users choice is intact. Internet.org limits these choices to a few products. This puts it in direct conflict with net neutrality.
- You get “free” internet only if you buy Reliance SIM card. What if I don’t want Reliance SIM card.
- Much like users of the service won’t be able to see a word outside of Facebook’s approved content. The stated goal of internet.org is to ‘connect the world’; we just didn’t know it was Facebook’s world we’d be forced to embrace.
What you Need to do?
Firstly, you need to understand that nothing comes “free”, Facebook is a “For Profit Company” and everything it does is for their own profit. When you use Internet.org you use services which are allowed by Facebook ( Obviously Facebook won’t allow any competitors on it eg. YouTube or Twitter). This kills competition and will kill creative ideas in the long run.
Internet.org is exactly like the Set Top boxes, Say for example on Tata Sky you Pay Rs. xxx as base price, and pay Rs. xx for sports pack, Rs. xx for Entertainment pack. Whereas earlier it was Pay Rs. xx and watch whatever you want. If you start using internet.org, internet will eventually become like this: Pay Rs. xx for connection, Rs. xx to use social media, Rs. xx for news websites and so on. We don’t want that. So Second is Don’t Accept Internet.org’s Offer On Facebook. Just hit the little X
In Spite of Government still is talks about the law, Facebook shamelessly has started forcing people to accept it’s stupid proposal. All we can do now is wait until final decision is taken.