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TRAI says no to differential tariffs; Facebook disappointed

Giving a huge blow to Facebook's Free Basics service, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) today rejected the concept of differential pricing for the data services.

According to TRAI's regulatory order, "No service provider shall offer or charge discriminatory tariffs for data services on the basis of content, nor shall it enter into any arrangement, agreement or contract, by whatever name called with any person, natural or legal, that has the effect of discriminatory tariffs for data services being offered or charged to the consumer on the basis of content".

Meanwhile, the outcome disappointed social networking giant Facebook, which is anyways willing to continue its efforts to remove barriers and give the unconnected an easier path to the internet.

"Our goal with Free Basics is to bring more people online with an open, non-exclusive and free platform. While disappointed with the outcome, we will continue our efforts to eliminate barriers and give the unconnected an easier path to the internet and the opportunities it brings", a Facebook spokesperson said.

The new regulations of TRAI will come into effect immediately and those who violate the order will have to pay a fine of Rs 50,000 per day capped at a maximum of Rs 50 lakhs.

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