Zuckerberg: The goal of Internet.org is to make basic mobile internet access free


Internet.org doesn’t just want to make access to the mobile internet cheap in the developing world. It wants to make baseline connectivity free, Facebook’s(s fb) Mark Zuckerberg said at Mobile World Congress on Monday.

Zuckerberg isn’t talking about giving away video and other high-bandwidth services. Rather, he means opening up a set of core services such as a messaging, social networking and search. Those basic tools are not only enormously useful, but they act as what Zuckerberg called an “on-ramp to the internet” for people who have never opened a web browser before.

As Zuckerberg sees it, there are two big obstacles to connecting the world’s billions of unconnected: the cost of data plan and basic internet literacy. Not only is the cost of data prohibitive in countries where average income is a fraction of income in the west, but even those who could afford a data plan don’t…

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