|The social networking giant is going to extend its Free Basics service to the US. Free Basics offers a free but limited access to the web to those in need. Facebook has been negotiating with the government and wireless carriers about introducing Free Basics in a better way than elsewhere.
Free Basics was initially launched as Internet.org and provided people access to specific online services, such as news, employment and health education. These services are free, which means that users don’t even get charged for the data. Facebook wanted to allow the poorest people in the world to use the Internet for free, but this move was criticized for picking specific websites for free access.
Indeed, proponents of net neutrality believe that ISPs should not get to pick and choose which websites count against data caps, since such approach gives an unfair advantage. After 11-month public debate, the program was officially banned in India under net neutrality rules. However, Facebook later revised its rules and allowed any third-party company to participate in the program if it provides a pared-down version of the website or app that doesn’t consume much data.
Reportedly, the American version of Free Basics would target low-income and rural citizens who cannot afford high-speed Internet access. Mobile operators would offer users to view a selection of resources that fit specific requirements. However, the program is still criticized, despite all the changes. The critics point out that Free Basics doesn’t actually connect people to the open Internet itself, but operates as a mediator, while failing to address the biggest problem for adoption of the open Internet in the country – affordability. Although Facebook hasn’t unveiled the details of the service launch to the United States, the suggestions are that they focus on building Internet infrastructure so that access becomes cheaper for users. However, the concerns are raised when a company of a Facebook scale becomes a gatekeeper to the online world.
In the meantime, over 25 million people around the world are already using Free Basics app. Facebook has just rolled out the service across African countries, negotiating the deals with local carriers and also testing infrastructure like satellites and solar-powered drones to beam the Internet to remote territories.
Sunday, October 16th, 2016
|Well I am up for it! who will not be up for it? Free Internet for everyone Unlimited!|
|posted by (2016-10-17 05:45:40)|
|the internet was invented to download p0rn for free :v|
|If you get food stamps in the USA, then you can apply for at&t "ACCESS" for $10.33 A month with there highest bandwidth. Min is 12mbs or 1.2MBS.|
|nothing is for free, talk about inside access to everyone|
|Proof that the better off people are the more they will bitch about how they are oppressed. If you want unlimited full speed internet PAY FOR IT. Otherwise shut the hell up.||
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