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Bye bye FB Basics!

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!

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About hbhatnagar

I need to fill this up with much better content than I had populated it with earlier. Why I write a blog maybe? I started blogging in 2009 or thereabouts. I was a newly turned atheist and wanted to converse with others of the same persuasion. We're not exactly a big population group in India! It didn't go very well and I sort of lost interest, posting a few things now and then. I got a lot more regular over the last few months and have been posting almost daily since February '15. There were many reasons why I gradually became more regular in posting, but one way or the other, here I am! So this blog has taken shape, being at different points in time my showcase, my comedy club, my art gallery, my book club, my therapist, my close friend, my innermost self....but always my little corner of the world. You are all welcome to visit and I hope you stay awhile! A few points about me because I don't want to lead anyone on(and trust me this does become an issue more often than I'd care to admit). I'm Indian, the brown-skinned variety; if race, ethnicity or skin colour is an issue, you don't have to get to know me any more than what you see on my blog. I'm 40, so if age is an issue, please be informed accordingly. I was a doctor, an ophthalmic surgeon for 10 years before I quit practice.

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