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The Best Argument Against an Internet ‘On Ramp’

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India’s rejection of Facebook’s “Free Basics” mobile app and other similar services last week mystified some prominent tech entrepreneurs and investors in the U.S. These people tend to believe that access to free Internet services, even if it’s a limited subset of the broader Web, is better than having no Internet access at all. India’s telecom regulator disagreed, arguing that the programs unfairly favor some services over others.

This topic has been hotly debated inside of Internet companies for years, most notably at Google, which has done the most work to expand its business in developing countries.

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