Telecom Regulatory Authority of India (TRAI) has finally given its verdict on Facebook\u2019s Free Basics platform. It issued the 'Prohibition of Discriminatory Tariffs for Data Services Regulations, 2016' \u00a0which said that no company can charge subscribers with discriminatory tariffs for data services on the basis of content.\r\nThe regulation says that:\r\n\r\n\tNo service provider can offer or charge discriminatory tariffs for data services on the basis of content\r\n\tNo service provider shall enter into any arrangement, agreement or contract by whatever name called, with any person, natural or legal that the effect of discriminatory tariffs for data services being offered or charged by the service provider for the purpose of evading the prohibition in this regulation\r\n\tReduced tariff for accessing or providing emergency services, or at times of public emergency has been permitted\r\n\tFinancial disincentives for contravention of the regulation have also been specified\r\n\tTRAI may review these regulations after a period of two years\r\n\tTRAI will also levy a penalty of INR 50,000 a day if discriminatory tariffs are charged by service providers\r\n\r\nOver the past few months, Facebook\u00a0resorted to various methods of asking users to vote and advertising campaigns to save Free Basics. In an effort to get people's support, its Free Basics program Facebook has spent over INR 300 Cr.\r\n\r\nThe regulatory body had also issued two consultation papers prior to this. One was issued in December 2015 which was about differential data pricing, and the other one was in early 2015 about the over-the-top (OTT) services. The consultation paper on differential data pricing had raised concern over zero-rating tariff models, a practice wherein service providers offer free data to users for select applications and websites, and the paper had become key to the debate on Net neutrality. It is to be noted that like NASSCOM was in support of differential pricing, TRAI has also asked Reliance Communications to put a hold on the commercial launch of Facebook\u2019s Free Basics till the authority considers all the details and terms and conditions of the service.\r\n\r\n\r\n\r\nWelcome to Flash Feed, your\u00a0essential source for breaking news and innovation from around the web - bite-sized and updated all day.