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Mark Zuckerberg presses for internet.org
SI Team
Wednesday, May 13, 2015
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, in his latest question and answer session with other Facebook users, defended his internet.org initiative that relies on wireless providers to offer limited but free Internet access in locations where Internet is still not available.
In a post on his Facebook page, Zuckerberg addressed the growing backlash, arguing that Internet.org's basic free services are not a threat to net neutrality. He says Internet.org does not "block or throttle any other services or create fast lanes - and it never will."
After several companies in India decided to pull out of the initiative amid a growing debate over free access to the Internet in the country, Mr Zuckerberg favored the idea of net neutrality that refers to equal treatment to all online traffic. Facebook's high-profile project to bring the Internet to the developing world and get billions more online has become the target of fears it could undermine net neutrality.
A number of companies including travel service Cleartrip.com and media giant Times Group, owner of the Times of India, withdrew from Internet.org, expressing concern that telecom companies would get to choose which apps and services users can access and how quickly.
The topic grabbed headlines in India this week after leading mobile carrier Bharti Airtel announced a product that would let mobile app makers pay for data usage so consumers can use their apps for free.
"Net neutrality is not in conflict with working to get more people connected," the Facebook CEO wrote. "These two principles - universal connectivity and net neutrality - can and must coexist."

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