"Free Basics by Facebook is a first step to connect one billion Indians to jobs, education, and opportunities online, and ultimately a better future. But Free Basics is at risk of being banned, slowing progress towards digital equality in India," said Facebook in its advertisement around Free Basics.

The Free Basics service, which has been in the midst of Net neutrality debate, offers free access to a set of basic websites and services with the objective of introducing Internet to the people.

When contacted, a Facebook spokesperson said, "This campaign gives people the opportunity to support digital equality in India. It lets people speak in support of the one billion people in India who remain unconnected, and lets them participate in the public debate that is being held by the Trai on differential pricing for data services. And it gives them the opportunity to support Free Basics."

Besides online campaign to send e-mail to regulator Trai, Facebook continued with full page advertisements in leading newspapers. Its advertisement was also seen at public places which also shares a toll-free number where people can give miss call to register their support for Free Basics.

Reliance Communications customers were able to access Free Basics service, which is in form of mobile application, to open some websites without paying any charges.

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