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Mark Zuckerberg Claims that the Internet cannot be Free

Without a doubt, one of the hot topics in tech world at the moment surrounds the subject of net neutrality. While the debates are far away from ending, the famous founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, made an interesting statement.

Zuckerberg claimed that offering the whole Internet for free is not something sustainable. However, he claimed that basic internet access is a possibility and a real option. 

Mark Zuckerberg  Internet cannot be Free
Of course, Zuckerberg made reference to the internet.org platform, which actually aims to achieve that purpose.

Zuckerberg alleged that the platform will be open to all content and application developers who meet the required guidelines.

In fact, these "certain guidelines" have managed to create some debates already. Free internet advocates alleged that Facebook was "hand-picking services" and this would definitely be a violation of the principles of net neutrality.

Naturally, Mark Zuckerberg denied all these claims and this actually is the reason why he issued this response. The founder of Facebook recently shared a video post alleging that the Internet.org program is extremely useful.
When people use free basic services, more of them then decide to pay to access the broader Internet and this enables operators to keep offering these basic services for free. It is not sustainable to offer the whole Internet for free," Zuckerberg claimed. 

The founder of Facebook went on to say that sustainable free internet would actually feature basic services, which are very simple, need less data and would work on all type of phones, which is something that customers actually need. After all, the goal that the internet.org platform has is to provide web access to emerging markets.

This is something that Facebook has been very interested in for a long period of time.

The famous social network aims to bring internet access to over 5 billion people.



The popular company has already signed partnerships with carries and app providers in many countries, including India. "A reasonable definition of net neutrality is more inclusive. Access equals opportunity.

Net neutrality shouldn’t prevent access. We need both. It’s not an equal Internet if a majority of people can’t participate," Zuckerberg said.

So, now the platform will be open to anyone who meets the program's guidelines and is interested in Internet.org. So, there are three principles that need to be met.

They are encouraging exploration of the broader Web, avoiding high-bandwidth requirements, VoIP, video, file transfer, high-res photos and a high volume phone, and the last principle, building services for feature phones and smartphones.

"Our goal with Internet.org is to work with as many developers and entrepreneurs as possible to extend the benefits of connectivity to diverse, local communities," a Facebook post said.

To do this, we're going to offer services through Internet.org in a way that's more transparent and inclusive.
Ultimately, the scope of Internet.org is to help everyone connect, providing free basic services that people would benefit from, including job listings, health resources, education, Wikipedia or communication services.

There are over 4 billion people who need to be connected. And if we can connect them, then we will raise hundreds and millions of people out of poverty," Zuckerberg concluded.


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