Travel venture Cleartrip and leading TV news channel NDTV have pulled themselves out of tie-ups with Facebook’s Internet.org initiative on Wednesday amid the raging debate over net neutrality in India that prompted e-shopping giant Flipkart to sever ties with Airtel Zero.
NDTV is committed to net neutrality and is therefore exiting, and will not be a part of, Facebook’s http://t.co/r3IZLs9qEJ initiative.
— Prannoy Roy (@PrannoyRoyNDTV) April 15, 2015
— Cleartrip (@Cleartrip) April 15, 2015
“Since there was absolutely zero money changing hands, we genuinely believed we were contributing to a social cause. But the recent debate around #NetNeutrality gave us pause to rethink our approach to Internet.org and the idea of large corporations getting involved with picking and choosing who gets access to what and how fast,” says a Cleartrip statement.
In an earlier article we have described to you what’s net neutrality is and how support from all over the country has led Flipkart to back-off from its tie-up with Airtel. According to Net Neutrality India, over 5 lakh emails have been sent to TRAI in support of the issue.
TRAI in return, has put up the issue for public feedback with the last date for submitting comments being April 24 and counter comments May 8. Besides, the government has also formed a panel to study the issue.