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Thursday, 16 April 2015

Indian media and web service companies begin pulling out of Internet

Even as Mark Zuckerberg pledged Facebook’s support toward net neutrality, Indian Web app and media houses that were originally part of the initiative have been abandoning this platform in quick succession.

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Facebook’s, a partnership between Facebook and seven global cellular service companies (one of which is Reliance Communications), was created to bring Internet access to the masses by enabling access to basic Web-based services for free. This service, available only to Reliance subscribers, can be accessed via the start screen of the mobile web browser Opera Mini, or via the UC Browser for Comprising this alliance in India, the platform brought 38 partners on board including India Today, NDTV, ESPN Cricinfo, OLX, Newshunt, Times of India, Maharashtra Times IBNLive and more (see complete list below).

Among the first to exit from the platform was Cleartrip, tweeting their pulling out of, with CMO Subramanya Sharma Tweeting and posting on the company’s blog explaining the decision in detail.

Shortly later was NDTV, with Co-Founder and Executive Co-Chairperson Prannoy Roy tweeting their being committed to be net neutrality cause and therefore exiting the platform.

Newshunt also pulled away from the platform, tweeting this statement:

The Times of India has stated they will be pulling out TimesJobs and Maharashtra Times from the platform. They also said they are committed to withdrawing the Times of India from the platform if its direct competitors--India Today, NDTV, IBNLive, NewsHunt, and BBC - also pull out. With these recent exits, their eventual exit from this Zero Rating platform appears very likely.

The full list of participants in include:

  • Aaj Tak: Read news in Hindi
  • AccuWeather: Get updated weather information
  • Read news in Hindi
  • AP Speaks: Engage with local government
  • Babajob: Search for jobs
  • BabyCenter & MAMA: Learn about pregnancy and childcare
  • BBC News: Read news from around the world
  • Bing Search: Find information
  • Cleartrip: Check train and flight schedules & buy tickets
  • Dainik Bhaskar: Read local news
  • Search for meanings of words
  • ESPN Cricinfo: Get cricket updates
  • Facebook: Communicate with friends and family
  • Facts for Life: Find health and hygiene information
  • Girl Effect: Read articles and tips for girls
  • Hungama Music: Listen to music
  • IBNLive: Read news
  • iLearn: Learn from Women Entrepreneurs
  • India Today: Read local news
  • Internet Basics: Learn about the basics of the Internet
  • Jagran: Read local news
  • Jagran Josh: Get education and career information
  • Maalai Malar: Read news in Tamil
  • Maharashtra Times: Read news in Marathi
  • Malaria No More: Learn about malaria
  • Read local news
  • Messenger: Send messages to friends and family
  • NDTV: Read news
  • Newshunt: Read news in English
  • OLX: Buy and sell products and services
  • Reliance Astrology: Read your horoscope
  • Reuters Market Lite: Get farming and crop information
  • Socialblood: Register to donate blood
  • Times of India: Read news
  • TimesJobs: Search for jobs
  • Translator: Translate words and phrases
  • Wikipedia: Find information
  • wikiHow: Find information
  • Indilens: Read daily news

Meanwhile, Net Neutrality India continues to urge still-participating partners to reconsider their membership with

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