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Facebook wants the whole world online

February 20, 2015

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to bring basic Internet services to people in developing countries and remote areas. There are business incentives attached to the establishment of Internet.org, but also a seemingly sincere desire to better the world.

Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wants to bring basic Internet services to people in developing countries and remote areas. There are business incentives attached to the establishment of Internet.org, but also a seemingly sincere desire to better the world.

Zuckerberg believes that the Internet is a basic necessity for all people
Bloomberg TV conducted an interview with Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg in which he discussed his project Internet.org, Business Insider reported. Zuckerberg compared Internet.org to 911 in the United States in the sense that they are both needed services.

“If you haven’t paid for a phone plan, you can always dial 911, and if there is a crime or a health emergency or a fire, you get basic help, and we think there should be an equivalent of this for the Internet as well,” said Zuckerberg, according to the news source.

ComputerWorld also reported on the interview and noted other Zuckerberg comments in which he explained how Internet connectivity will benefit the world. The Facebook CEO pointed to how GDP growth is improved when Internet access becomes ubiquitous in a given country.

“There are all these studies that show that in developing countries, more than 20 percent of GDP growth is driven by the Internet. There have been studies that show if we connected a billion more people to the Internet, 100 million more jobs would be created, and more than that would be lifted out of poverty,” said Zuckerberg, according to ComputerWorld.

Internet.org will make money eventually, but the first step is new customers
In his interview with Bloomberg TV, Zuckerberg explained that the first goal for Internet.org is to attract new users. Eventually, new users will be linked with data providers in their regions or countries, and sales are likely to come from that connection, reported Business Insider.

“The people understand why they would want to pay for data, and these operators end up making more money, and it ends up being more profitable, and it ends up taking that money and reinvesting that in better Internet and infrastructure for everyone in their country,” said Zuckerberg, according to the media outlet.

A vision of how to bring the Internet to remote places
According to Business Insider, Facebook is exploring ways to use drones in the future, as well as other technologies such as lasers, to increase Internet access around the world. It was noted that Google is also exploring ways to bring the Internet to remote areas in developing nations. Google recently experimented with weather balloons in a program called Project Loon. 

“Connecting everyone is going to be something that no single company can do by themselves. So I’m really glad that they and a lot of other companies are working on this,” added Zuckerberg, according to Business Insider.

ComputerWorld noted that Internet.org is a project that involves improving networking capabilities in developing nations, creating new connectivity services and developing cheap smartphones for distribution. Zuckerberg acknowledged that initially, the company will probably lose money. He explained that while there will be financial losses, Facebook management believes connecting the world is the right thing to do.

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