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Flipkart pulls out of Airtel Zero, bats for net neutrality

Several other online firms, however, not ready to walk away from the platform

Net neutrality campaigners scored their first victory on Tuesday when e-commerce major Flipkart pulled out of discussions with the Bharti group for joining Airtel Zero. Flipkart’s change in stand followed widespread outrage in the internet community, akin to what the Bengaluru-based company had faced after its Bigbillionday sale fiasco last year. Feelers the government had sent out that it was in favour of net neutrality could have influenced Flipkart’s decision, analysts said. Several other online players are, however, not ready to walk away from deals they ...