Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg on Thursday met some industry and political leaders and discussed various issues, including net neutrality and zero-rating, over a luncheon meeting.
Department of Industrial Policy and Promotion (DIPP) secretary Amitabh Kant, department of telecom secretary Rakesh Garg, parliamentary standing committee on IT chairman Anurag Thakur, Trinamool Congress MP Derek O’ Brien, member of Parliament Rajeev Chandrasekhar and Ficci secretary general A Didar Singh were among those who attended the meeting.
“Specific issues and concerns relating to net neutrality and zero rating, as well as Internet.org and Free Basics were discussed),” Ficci’s Singh said.
He added that issues relating to the role of technology, social media, eGovernance, regulation and policy on how to improve internet access were also discussed. “Mark Zuckerberg responded to most of the queries while expressing his deep commitment to India and to the issue of affordable access for the next billion citizens, nearly 250 million of which will come from India,” Singh said.
India has around 300 million internet users but also has the largest population (1 billion) without access to the internet.
“Zuckerberg stated that, amongst all the countries in the world, India with a billion unconnected has the best possibility of aligning a best-in-class regulatory environment to ensure access to its citizens,” Singh said.