Google joins Facebook in trying to prevent IAMAI from taking strong anti-Zero Rating stand
As reported by Medianama ( claimed to have copies of conversation ) :
According to emails exchanged between IAMAI’s Government Relations committee members and Vineeta Dixit, a member of Google’s Public Policy and and Government Relations team, strongly pushed for the removal of any mention of Zero Rating from the IAMAI’s submission.
( Vineeta Dixit joined Google in 2014, Earlier she was working as Principal Consultant with Department of Electronics and Information Technology )
Earlier DoT ( Department of Telecommunications ) clearly stated :
Facebook Internet.Org was taken as the Potential Gatekeeper of Internet in india. Such market leaders are able to dictate the path to specific content. The committee therefore is of the firm opinion that content and application providers cannot be permitted to act as gatekeepers and use network operations to extract value even if it is for an ostensible public purpose,& the report said, adding that Collaborations between TSPs and content providers that enable such gatekeeping role to be played by any entity should be actively discouraged.
How Google is linked in all this Scenario
Earlier Google has done some deals specially with Airtel for providing free Google services like Google search, Gmail and Google+. Earlier also there were news of Google rolling out free Internet services, but put it on due to strong retaliation by Indian public against Facebook.
Google joined COAI few months after Facebook. The COAI has pushed aggressively for allowing both Zero Rating, and the licensing or regulation of messaging and Internet Telephony apps in the country.
Though Google has maintained silence over the Net Neutrality issue, but at some points it seems to support Free Internet and pushing hard on back hand, playing safe though.
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