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Nine Indian startup CEOs write to TRAI against zero-rating platforms

Nine Indian startup founders have come out together in favour of net neutrality.

By: Tech Desk | New Delhi | Updated: December 30, 2015 2:17 pm
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Founders of nine Indian startups have come out together in favour of net neutrality and raised their voice against Free Basics.

On Tuesday, these founders have jointly sent a letter via email to TRAI chairman RS Sharma, endorsing their support for Net Neutrality, and calling for TRAI to issue clear regulations that prevent telecom or content providers “from acting as gate-keepers offering restricted Internet services instead of the Open Internet.”

The letter has been co-signed by the following (names in alphabetical order):

Alok Agarwal, Cofounder and Business Head at Teesort.com

Bharat Gulia, Cofounder, Metis Learning

Deepinder Goyal, Founder and CEO, Zomato

Faisal Farooqui, Founder and CEO, Mouthshut.com

Manish Vij, Founder and CEO, SVG Media

Sachin Bhatia, Cofounder and CEO, TrulyMadly

Vijay Shekhar Sharma, Founder and CEO, Paytm

Vineet Dwivedi, Founder and CEO, FlipClass.com

9. Vishal Gondal, Founder and CEO at GOQii

The letter draft has been prepared by SFLC.IN, a non-profit organization supporting the SaveTheInternet.in campaign against Free Basics and similar zero rating services in India.

Here is what the letter said:

TRAI letter

What’s your take? Feel free to share your opinion in the comment section below.

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  1. Kalpesh Parmar
    Jan 5, 2016 at 5:12 pm
    Absolutely Correct Mr. Kumar.
    1. A
      Jan 4, 2016 at 5:28 am
      I support free basics. And its amusing how everyone is giving silly arguments. Infact the letter talks of efforts being made by the Government to provide net access to everyone. So its good that Government instead of spending money on providing connectivity uses the money for other purposes . Let those who cant afford net, use free net. I fully support FreeBasics. And please when someone does an open free bhandara they dont give you an option of having chienese or continental. The free to air TV Channels generate profit through adds. In fact once Freebasics achieves success many other sites shall also start offering the net usage for free . And if the so called intellectuals and experts on net neutrality want only paid net they need not use FreeBasics. But let those who want to use it use it. Let the user decide what he wants to use.
      1. J
        Dec 29, 2015 at 11:20 pm
        Dats wat every logical citizen would choose. I india that bckward for free basics we are doing far better than that and i support this
        1. P
          Dec 30, 2015 at 4:35 am
          In India, there are lots who cant comment on this post because they dont have access to internet. Free Basics may change it, for some.
          1. S
            Dec 30, 2015 at 11:46 am
            Please go and read what is FreeBasics. "indianexpress" website is not included in "FreeBasics" (there are only some set of websites decided by FaceBook are included in FreeBasics) so even if they have free basics they can't post anything.....
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