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Mozilla’s Mitchell Baker offers alternatives to zero-rating for Internet services

Mozilla Foundation's chairwoman Mitchell Baker has come out in support of Net Neutrality in India and has criticized the Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) for seeking to establish onerous licensing policies which would increase the costs of creating on the Web in a letter (pdf)to Prime Minister Narendra Modi. Baker separately on her blog offered alternatives to zero-rating as a means to access the Internet. Equal Rating Baker is rooting for a new system what she calls "equal rating" or "zero-rating for all". One version of this system advocates some amount of data necessary for modern life is offered at discounted/ no charges while companies paying for it get a “brought to you by’ attribution. Mozilla has partnered with Orange in African and Middle Eastern countries where users purchasing a $40 (USD) Klif phone (which runs on the Firefox operating system) receive unlimited talk, text, and 500 MB a month for 6 months. A second version of equal-rating Baker moots for is where people watch ads in order to access other websites. Baker said that the foundation has been working with Grameenphone (a Telenor-owned company) in Bangladesh where users can receive 20MB of unrestricted data per day after watching a short ad in the phone’s marketplace. There's also precedence for this kind of model in India. Ozone Networks which provides free WiFi at Mumbai's Chhatrapati Shivaji International Airport for 30 minutes through its application which is supported by advertisements. Following the 30 minutes, users can  pick up data packages of Rs 30 upwards for…

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