Mark Zuckerberg, youngest billionaire on the planet, CEO and co-founder of Facebook, holds the belief that Internet access ought to be accessible and affordable for everybody. He likewise proposes access to basic Internet service should be free to anybody on the planet.
Currently, 2.7 billion individuals, or around one-third of the Earth’s populace, have access to the Internet. Facebook and Google are trying to grow this accessibility, scrutinizing diverse technologies, for example, drones, internet balloons and satellites. Then again, Zuckerberg says the solution might as of now be already there.
“Almost 90 percent of the world’s population already lives within range of an existing cellular network,” says Zuckerberg. “For everyone in those areas, we don’t need to build completely new kinds of infrastructure to help them connect. We just need to show why it’s valuable and make it affordable.”
Facebook, alongside a few participating tech organizations, has officially established Internet.org. The association was made with the objective of making Internet access accessible to everybody, paying little heed to location or financial situation. Zuckerberg feels that even those individuals out there who can’t stand to pay for Internet access ought to have access to some fundamental services, however, he didn’t get into specifying what those services would be. Facebook as of now is accessible on some cell phones without a data plan, so this would simply be a development of the social media firm’s goals.
Giving Internet access to everybody on the planet would clearly be useful for Facebook. With the measure of market dominance Facebook and Google have accomplished, the essential means for them to acquire new clients is to give more individuals access to their services through the Internet. In any case, Internet.org says that the financial profits to natives could be considerable. It cites a report done by Deloitte and commissioned by Facebook, and initially released in February at Mobile World Congress.
“The report found that by expanding Internet access in developing countries to levels seen today in developed economies, we could increase productivity by as much as 25 percent, generating $2.2 trillion in GDP and more than 140 million new jobs, lifting 160 million people out of poverty,” says Internet.org.
Zuckerberg additionally says that the benefit of connecting the whole world to the Internet could be cultural as well as financial, empowering individuals in nations we’ve never heard of before on the world stage with a voice of their own. He discussed extending online access in an op-ed piece July 7 in the Wall Street Journal.
Access to the abundance of data held on the Internet could additionally help expand public health. Those without easier access to medical care could utilize the Internet to distinguish the symptoms of a medical issue in need of treatment, diminishing the spread of diseases and even diminishing baby death rates in certain developing nations.
“It’s easy to take the Internet for granted and assume most people will soon have the access and opportunity we have, but that just isn’t the case,” says Zuckerberg. “Connecting everyone is one of the fundamental challenges of our generation.”