Zuckerberg outlines plan to connect the next five billion people

By on August 21, 2013, 11:00 AM
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Well over a billion people have signed up to be a part of Facebook’s mission to make the world a more open and connected place but for CEO Mark Zuckerberg, it’s just the beginning. What about the next five billion? It’s a question he’s been pondering as the vast majority of people we share the planet with don’t have access to the Internet.

Smartphones are expected to go a long way in connecting the globe over the next 10 years or so, but even still, it’s no guarantee. That’s because in many countries, the cost of a data plan is vastly more expensive than the price of a smartphone – a fact that is even true in the US.

Expensive data plans are a necessary evil (or so we've been told) as telecoms use the funds to build the global infrastructure to deliver the web on the go but as Zuckerberg explains, unless this model becomes more efficient, the industry cannot sustainably serve everyone.

To that end, Zuckerberg and a handful of other tech firms including Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung have laid out a rough plan to connect the rest of the world. It’s no doubt an ambitious plan that looks to wire up the the globe using current technology and making data transfer more efficient which differs from Google’s Project Loon – a network of high-flying Internet-enabled balloons.

As challenging as it might be, having more people connected to the web is a win-win for everyone involved. Facebook would no doubt benefit from having more people connected to their service while companies like Samsung, Nokia and Qualcomm would sell more smartphones and components not to mention what the influx of five billion users could do to the global economy.




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2 people like this | cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Does he have any plans to get the ones back that he has lost? I for one only have a couple of request. One of which is stop tinkering with the code, and screwing everything up every week or two. It hard as hell to keep your personal settings when they default every few weeks.

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

A very noble idea on the surface but Zuckerberg's main plan is to make even more money for himself.

cmbjive said:

What good is the internet for people who hardly have anything to eat and fresh water to drink?

Skidmarksdeluxe Skidmarksdeluxe said:

What good is the internet for people who hardly have anything to eat and fresh water to drink?

That's not Zuckerberg's problem, he's only interested in connecting them. BTW I think the 5 billion estimation of the world population is very, very conservative.

learninmypc learninmypc said:

When is marky going to give us his personal info like he has of those on facebook?

cmbjive said:

That's not Zuckerberg's problem, he's only interested in connecting them. BTW I think the 5 billion estimation of the world population is very, very conservative.

So, he thinks giving them something they don't need is more important than what they do need? That seems awfully self-absorbed and narcissistic, no?

Heihachi1337 said:

What good is the internet for people who hardly have anything to eat and fresh water to drink?

Why should the rest of the world care? If a culture/nation has not evolved to the point they can sustain themselves by this point in human history, then let them die. Only the fittest should survive.

As far as Suckerberg, why doesn't he start by improving customer service with FB first and pay that hacker what he earned before getting lofty ideas to create internet for all? We already have horrible companies running as ISP anyways *cough*AT&T*cough* why add another?

2 people like this | cliffordcooley cliffordcooley, TechSpot Paladin, said:

Why should the rest of the world care? If a culture/nation has not evolved to the point they can sustain themselves by this point in human history, then let them die.
Internet access can be used as a source for revenue. Keeping someone in the stone ages simply because they are in the stone ages is promoting their condition as well as humiliating them for who they are.

Only the fittest should survive.
And who are you to decide who is worthy of life? It could have been you born into an unfortunate lifestyle. It may be hard for you to understand, but you are trying to kill off the wrong people. As long as there is greedy people hording all the wealth, there will always be unfortunate people.

cmbjive said:

Why should the rest of the world care? If a culture/nation has not evolved to the point they can sustain themselves by this point in human history, then let them die. Only the fittest should survive.

As far as Suckerberg, why doesn't he start by improving customer service with FB first and pay that hacker what he earned before getting lofty ideas to create internet for all? We already have horrible companies running as ISP anyways *cough*AT&T*cough* why add another?

Why should Zuckerberg care about customer service? If a person/household has not evolved to the point that they can sustain themselves by providing their own technical support and IT management, then let them suffer through Facebook. Only the fittest should survive.

Your reply is silly, but more it is just inhumane.

Guest said:

@cmbjive cause and effect, ripple on a pond

Lets say you had 100 starving cavemen and gave them a lake filled to maximum capacity of fish. They to might say "what the hell you give us this for? we can't use it." But what they don't see is as soon as someone shows them about a fishing pole, it changes everything. From their perspective, it went from being a useless gift, to now something that offers opportunity. The web can be a fishing pond and fishing poles come in many many forms.

spencer spencer said:

*correction;Spy on 5 billion people

Guest said:

"Let them die"

As if their poverty was their PEOPLE'S fault. In the REAL world, someone is probably making some extra money off of keeping these people in poverty.

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