With the raging debate of Net Neutrality in India, many companies have come under the scope of activists, and the repercussions are being felt so hard that Flipkart even pulled out of Airtel Zero.
Now, Cleartrip, which joined hands with Facebook to participate in its internet.org initiative has announced that it has withdrawn its association with the program entirely.
The company said its initial move to join hands with Internet.org was done with the intention of helping deliver its products to the more underserved parts of the country.
So while our original intent was noble, it is impossible to pretend there is no conflict of interest (both real and perceived) in our decision to be a participant in Internet.org. In light of this, Cleartrip has withdrawn our association with and participation in Internet.org entirely.
Cleartrip added that there was no revenue arrangement between it and Internet.org or any of its participants. However now, in view of the Net Neutrality violations the company will no longer be a part of internet.org.
The move will undoubtedly be seen as a big win for activists fighting for Net Neutrality in India. Further, and with Flipkart and Cleartrip now showing support for Net Neutrality, it could go a long way in defining TRAI’s stand on the issue.