After hosting PM Narendra Modi at Facebook s Headquarter in Menlo Park last month, CEO Mark Zuckerberg is India. He s currently hosting a town hall Q&A session at Delhi-IIT. While addressing the crowd, one of the questions asked by Ankita, a railways employee and a sports person asked Zuckerberg how Facebook aims to connect those who are not on the social network, nor have internet connectivity. Also Read - Mark Zuckerberg discusses net neutrality, zero-rating issues with Delhi MPsAlso Read - Technology can help build superpowers: Mark Zuckerberg
Addressing the question, Zuckerberg said 15 million people using Internet.org across the globe and over one million people in India. It is live in more than 24 countries and growing. Recently introduced India, it has created a pretty good impact. On people who don t have Internet access, Zuckerberg talked about three reasons availability, affordability, and awareness. Also Read - Lobbying for net neutrality, working towards building open framework: Mark Zuckerberg
In terms of availability, people may not have network to have Internet access, secondly, where services are available, they might be expensive. And lastly, not many people would be aware of the benefits of Internet. With Internet.org, Facebook aims to offer basic services, such as job listings, news and access to Wikipedia among others. However, for services like media streaming and content downloading users will have to pay and get advance services. He also mentioned that the Facebook app is now faster, reliable and consumes only a tenth of the data.
On how Facebook plans to offer Internet connectivity to those unconnected, Zuckerberg talked about their solar planes and space satellite project for beaming Internet to rural areas. These projects aim to beam free internet, at least the basic services.