Open House in Pakistan : Internet.org’s gates swing open
Amidst widespread protests in India regarding net neutrality, neighbouring country Pakistan has launched the controversial Internet.org service via a tie-up between social media mogul Facebook and telecom giant Telenor.
This means that an array of websites such as Accuweather, BBC, BabyCenter &MAMA, Malaria No More, UNICEF Facts for Life, Bing.com, ESPN Cricinfo, Mustakbil, ilmkidunya, Telenor News, Urdupoint Cooking, OLX, Facebook, Messenger and Wikipedia will be available to 2G and 3G users at no extra cost.
Although this is welcome news for these companies, not everyone is applauding. The ethical issues surrounding net neutrality have been an issue of glaring debate during the past few months. In India, many companies dropped out of Internet.org in support of net neutrality shortly after the service was launched.