Free Basics - Branded Internet Essay
By Subba Rao NV on December 31, 2015
Free Basics – The Makings of Branded Internet
How free is Free? // Who decides the Basics?
Man is condemned to be free – Jean Paul Satre
It can be argued that mankind has never been truly free and that many have chosen their own poisons or construct their own prisons, with the trappings of work place, gated community dwellings etc (aka walled gardens of today’s internet era) – the trappings of living seemingly free. If so were the case, then why not let the internet be as it is and each to his own creativity or poison, than circumvent the same with new rules.
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And so prompts many straight questions – as to why and for what true purpose is free basics seeking to impact: Some these questions are not new in the net neutrality debates and go as :
Does free basics violate net neutrality?
Is free in free basics just a marketing gimmick?
Will I be comprising freedom if I chose free basics?
Will it distort free and fair competition?
Is free basics a euphemism for zero rating?
The Internet is an open space, will free basics change that?
What about privacy, freedom of expression and the fact