Tracking net neutrality debate in India, says Facebook's Chris Daniels

Tech News - The platform, unveiled on Monday, will be open to all developers who meet certain guidelines, including content being built for browsing on both feature and smartphones and in limited bandwidth scenarios, the company said in a statement.
The move comes amid growing debate in India, home to the world's third-largest population of Internet users, over free access and net neutrality in the country.
"We've heard the debate about net neutrality in India and have been tracking it," Chris Daniels, vice president of product for, said.
"The principles of neutrality must co-exist with programs that also encourage bringing people online," Daniels said, highlighting that was open to mobile operators and involved no payments, either to or from the developers.

Facebook partnered with Reliance Communications to launch in India in February. But a number of e-commerce firms and content developers pulled out of the service subsequently as activists claimed it violated principles of net neutrality - the concept that all websites on the internet are treated equally.
Facebook has launched the service in nine countries, including in India, bringing over 8 million people online, said Daniels, who was in India to speak with partners and operators.

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