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Indian media firms ditch Internet.org in net neutrality row

By Nick Wood, Total Telecom
Thursday 16 April 15

NDTV, Times Group, others pull out of Facebook-led project; TRAI consultation on net neutrality to run until early May.

Several major Indian media companies have withdrawn from Facebook-led Internet.org amid a growing public backlash that claims it violates net neutrality. New Delhi-based broadcaster NDTV, Newshunt – which republishes newspaper articles in local languages – and travel-booking Website Cleartrip, are among those to have pulled out. India's Times Group removed its local-language news site Maharashtra Times, and its classified job listing service TimesJobs. It has also pledged to withdraw its flagship title Times of India if all of its major competitors follow suit. The companies are among 38 online media and service providers that signed up to Internet.org when it arrived in India in February…

Several major Indian media companies have withdrawn from Facebook-led Internet.org amid a growing public backlash that claims it violates net neutrality. New Delhi-based broadcaster NDTV, Newshunt – which republishes newspaper articles in local languages – and travel-booking Website Cleartrip, are among those to have pulled out. India's Times Group removed its local-language news site Maharashtra Times, and its classified job listing service TimesJobs. It has also pledged to withdraw its flagship title Times of India if all of its major competitors follow suit. The companies are among 38 online media and service providers that signed up to Internet.org when it arrived in India in February…

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