Facebook Inc. founder, Mark Zuckerberg, today fired another salvo in the company’s marketing blitz for its controversial Free Basics Internet service that has faced opposition in India, home to the world’s largest offline population.
In an opinion piece published in the Times of India, the country’s biggest-selling English-language daily, Zuckerberg defended his company’s FB, -0.25%  Free Basics service, which provides free, but limited, Internet access.
He compared Free Basics to a library which houses only a selection of books--as well as to public healthcare and education.
“Everyone also deserves access to the tools and information that can help them to achieve all those other public services, and all their fundamental social and economic rights. That’s why everyone also deserves access to free basic Internet services,” Zuckerberg wrote.
Free Basics allows users to access a small number of Web services without charge. The service has been criticized by people who say it violates the principle of net neutrality, a concept that all Internet traffic should be treated equally.

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