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India Decision on Zero Rating Highlights Uncertainty Across Borders Regarding Zero-rating Mobile Data Services

A recent decision by India’s telecom regulator to prohibit differential charges for Internet content – which effectively blocked Facebook from offering its Free Basics service in the country – highlights how regulators around the globe continue to work through whether and how “zero-rating” data services may be permissible under their country’s net neutrality framework.  Zero-rating services allow consumers to access certain content without being charged for that data.  For example, Facebook’s Free Basics program offers users no-fee access to a text-only mobile version of the Facebook social network, as well