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Mark Zuckerberg addresses Internet.org net neutrality concerns

By Shawn Knight
Apr 17, 2015
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    Earlier this week, a handful of Indian companies renounced their partnership with Internet.org, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg’s initiative to bring connectivity to parts of the world where people can’t afford / don’t have access to the Internet.

    The Indian firms contend that the initiative’s concept of zero-rating, in which telecoms incur the cost of data traffic so users don’t have to pay for it, goes against the spirit of net neutrality.

    On Friday, Zuckerberg addressed the matter on Facebook, saying he strongly disagrees with the notion. He said Internet.org fully supports net neutrality and they want to keep the Internet open as it ensures network operators don’t discriminate by limiting access to services that people want to use.

    Zuckerberg added that net neutrality is not in conflict with trying to get more people connected. The two principles – universal connectivity and net neutrality – can and must coexist, he said. To get more people online, it is useful to offer some service for free. Zuckerberg noted that if someone can’t afford to pay for connectivity, it’s always better to have some access than none at all.

    He reaffirmed that Internet.org doesn’t block or throttle any other services or create fast lanes, adding that they are open for all mobile operators and aren’t stopping anyone from joining. The goal, he concluded, is to get as many Internet providers to join as possible so they can connect as many people as possible.

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  2. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,183   +528

    Zuckerberg is more than welcome to pay for everyone's ISP bills.
     
  3. davislane1

    davislane1 TS Evangelist Posts: 3,553   +2,360

    He's too savvy to put his money where his mouth is:

    "The Indian firms contend that the initiative’s concept of zero-rating, in which telecoms incur the cost of data traffic so users don’t have to pay for it, goes against the spirit of net neutrality.

    "Zuckerberg added that net neutrality is not in conflict with trying to get more people connected. The two principles – universal connectivity and net neutrality – can and must coexist, he said."

    What's the ratio of connected households to Facebook accounts, I wonder? Furthermore, who collects the ad revenue and sells the targeting information tied to those users?

    Zuck knows what he's doing. So do the companies that bailed.
     
  4. Zuckerberg: "Oh please don't stop people from being able to access Facehook super fast. We need to sell their metadata asap!"

    He then went and slaughtered a sheep for dinner. Odd though how he now has an alter and demonic dagger with which to do it, and writhes around in the blood for hours afterward.
     
  5. stewi0001

    stewi0001 TS Evangelist Posts: 1,183   +528

    Oh I know... But I like to throw a twist on things from time to time.
     

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