If not Facebook's Free Basics, then what?

It remains to be seen whether services like Facebook's Free Basics might offer pathways to affordable and fully open Internet access for all. But after the TRAI ruling, both Facebook and the global development community will have to pursue alternate paths to connect the unconnected in a country that is home to a quarter of the offline population.

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  • Catherine Cheney

    Catherine Cheney is a Senior Reporter for Devex. She covers the West Coast of the U.S., focusing on the role of technology, innovation, and philanthropy in achieving the Sustainable Development Goals. And she frequently represents Devex as a speaker and moderator. Prior to joining Devex, Catherine earned her bachelor’s and master’s degrees from Yale University, worked as a web producer for POLITICO and reporter for World Politics Review, and helped to launch NationSwell. Catherine has reported domestically and internationally for outlets including The Atlantic and the Washington Post. Outside of her own reporting, Catherine also supports other journalists to cover what is working, through her work with the Solutions Journalism Network.