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Net neutrality: Flipkart walks away from Airtel Zero platform

Tue, Apr 14, 2015, 05:33 PM
New Delhi, April 14, 2015: E-commerce giant Flipkart on Tuesday said it is "walking away" from the platform Airtel Zero and is committed to the larger cause of net neutrality.

"We at Flipkart have always strongly believed in the concept of net neutrality, for we exist because of the Internet," a statement issued by the e-commerce company said.

"We will be walking away from the ongoing discussions with Airtel for their platform Airtel Zero. We will be committing ourselves to the larger cause of net neutrality in India. We will be internally discussing over the next few days, the details of actions we will take to support the cause," the statement added.

Bharti Airtel recently launched Airtel Zero, an open marketing platform that will allow customers to access mobile applications at zero data charges.

Flipkart stated that over the past few days, there has been a great amount of debate, "both internally and externally, on the topic of zero rating, and we have a deeper understanding of the implications".

The company also said it will be working towards ensuring that the spirit of net neutrality is upheld and applied equally to all companies in India irrespective of the size or the service being offered and there is absolutely no discrimination.

Net neutrality means that governments and internet service providers should treat all data on the internet equally - therefore, not charging users, content, platform, site, application or mode of communication differentially.

Amid a huge hue and cry in social media over net neutrality, Communications and IT Minister Ravi Shankar Prasad said on Monday that a panel examining the issue will submit its report by the second week of May to help the government take a comprehensive decision on the contentious issue.
Agency: IANS

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