The social media giant has favoured allowing differential pricing of data services -- a key issue under net neutrality principles, in India specially zero rating platforms like its own controversy-ridden Free Basics.
"The short answer is yes. Differential pricing, as the term is used in the consultation paper, should generally continue to be allowed," Facebook said in its comments submitted to telecom regulator Trai.
The Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (Trai) is holding consultation before framing up of recommendations for net neutrality rules. The telecom operators too have favoured differential pricing for data services.
Facebook's Free Basics, a zero rating platform, allows access to content or application hosted on it for free in partnership with telecom operator.
The Indian IT Industry through Nasscom, Internet firms though IAMAI and many Internet forums have opposed differential pricing of data or zero rating platforms. IAMAI members include Google, Facebook, LinkedIn etc.
As per people opposing differential pricing regime, zero rating platforms locks the freedom of user in accessing content over Internet and limits their access to application or content that are offered for free on discretion of the company owning it.
At the end of first round of comments, Trai has received about 24 lakh comments of which close to 80 per cent are through campaign launched by Facebook to defend its free Internet platform Free Basics. The regulator could upload comments it received from people in phases.