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Startups write letter to PM Modi to defend net neutrality

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Hundreds of startups including bigger players like, Zomato, Cleartrip, Paytm and their employees today approached Prime Minister Narendra Modi to defend net neutrality, which they define it as access to content on Internet without any discrimination.

“We urge you to ensure that the recently announced initiative, Start Up India, addresses the concern of Net Neutrality, with clearly defined policies and firm rules,” the letter said.

Around 500 people have signed the letter including Zomato Founder Deepinder Goyal, Cleartrip Founder Hrush Bhatt, XYSEC LABS Founder Subho Halder, iSPIRT Foundation co-founder Sharad Sharma and Paytm founder Vijay Shekhar Sharma.

There are 1,467 signatories to the letter, including 681 founders of various startups.

Startups expressed gratitude to Modi for government’s initiatives, particularly programmes like Digital India and Start Up India and on improving the ease of doing business.

“In the wake of the important messages made by you on helping drive forward a Startup India, and on the eve of the Republic Day celebration of our nation’s commitment to democracy, we are writing to you seeking your continued support for Net Neutrality,” the letter said.

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