Facebook Distances Itself From Marc Andreessen’s Statements On Free Basics

Marc Andreessen is having quite a contrite Wednesday. Andreessen, who currently sits on Facebook’s board, caused a stir last night with his online response to Indian Internet regulator TRAI nixing Facebook’s plans to implement its ‘Free Basics’ program in India. Updated with statement from Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg below.

He took to the Twitterverse last night to express his irritation with the regulator’s decision with a statement that some on the Internet likened to colonialist attitudes.


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Telecom Regulatory Authority of India Blocks Facebook’s Free Basics Over Net Neutrality

Telecom Regulatory Authority of India notes that the regulations will be in place for two years but may be open for review — which could see Facebook tweak FreeBasics and try to get the service turned on again.

Find the documents below:
Data Regulations Service Document
Press Release