India and Indian government has done itself a good one by passing this order. It prohibits mobile service providers from adopting any kind of differential pricing system for mobile internet services. This is going to prevent big companies like FB from hogging all the bandwidth and providing free services while throttling smaller start-ups who can’t afford to pay mobile service providers for the same free preferred service. This will ensure a level playing (well, as level as it can be) for all players online, and prevent companies from playing gatekeepers of the net. A big strike for freedom, and ironically when the country is governed by one of the more repressive regimes we’ve known in recent times.
Tim Berners-Lee lauded the announcement as one of the clearest decisions against differential services anywhere in the world. I don’t know where, but someone, somewhere saw sense and made a very correct, courageous decision. Congratulations everyone!