Founder CEOs of nine start-ups write to TRAI opposing Facebook’s Free Basics



As many as nine founder CEOs of popular start-ups have signed a petition in favour of net neutrality raising their voices against Free Basics. They’ve sent a letter via email to TRAI chairman RS Sharma, endorsing their support for Net Neutrality, and calling for TRAI to issue clear regulations that prevented telecom or content providers “from acting as gate-keepers offering restricted Internet services instead of the Open Internet.”

Among those who’ve signed this letter include the Paytm CEO, Vijay Shekhar Sharma and Deepinder Goyal, Founder and CEO, Zomato.


The protest by these high profile CEOs follows the equally powerful opposition to Facebook’s Free Basics by groups such All India Bakchod and Bollywood music director Vishal Dadlani. The AIB, as it’s popularly known, has in the past launched three videos- viewed by millions- to what they say expose the hidden agenda of the social media giant.

Only last weeks, the AIB released its third video, which they said aimed to ‘expose Facebook, who they say is trying to violate net neutrality in India through the back door, known as Free Basics.

Dadlani too had posted a scathing video on social media platforms asking people to write to the TRAI opposing Free Basics. 30 December was the deadline for internet users to write to the telecom regulatory body against Facebook’s Free Basics.