Mark Zuckerberg says Free Basics shutdown won’t keep Internet.org out of India

This morning, the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India effectively banned Facebook’s Free Basics program from the country, ruling that the system and others like it violate the principles of net neutrality. It’s a big setback for Facebook’s Internet.org program, which looks to provide basic connectivity to poor nations — but in a post today, Mark Zuckerberg said the ruling would not push Internet.org out of India entirely. “Our mission is to make the world more open and connected,” Zuckerberg wrote. “That mission continues, and so does our commitment to India.”

In the post, Zuckerberg framed the ruling as a defeat for Free Basics and other zero-rated programs rather than Internet.org at large. “While we’re disappointed with today’s…

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