Mark Zuckerberg defends net neutrality, but presses for internet.org

Mark Zuckerberg defends net neutrality, but presses for internet.org

Zuckerberg opined that the principle of Net Neutrality makes sure that Internet service providers don't discriminate and limit access to services people want to use.

  • Last Updated: April 16, 2015, 9:08 AM IST
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New Delhi: Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg, in his latest question and answer session with other Facebook users, has defended net neutrality- the idea of free and equal Internet to all, but 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.

Zuckerberg opined that the principle of net neutrality makes sure that Internet service providers don't discriminate and limit access to services people want to use.

However, Zuckerberg has defended his internet.org initiative that aims at providing Internet access to limited services for free in collaboration with wireless service providers. Although it is in a nascent stage, Zuckerberg aims to expand the service across those communities and places where basic Internet is not available.

Defending his initiative, Zuckerberg said that having some connectivity and ability to share is always better than having no ability to connect and share at all and that's why he is pressing for initiatives like internet.org, which he believes, can co-exist with Net Neutrality regulations, Cnet reports.

Net neutrality is currently the most debated topic across the globe. With only a handful of nations adopted for the free and equal Internet to all policy, other countries are widely discussing the idea which is criticized by telecom operators but hailed by end consumers. If net neutrality is scrapped, it would change the very manner in which people have been using the Web over the last 20 years.

Zuckerberg in his public appearance through this question and answer session also touched upon other topics like use of technology for personalized learning, his vision for Oculus VR, and public policy.

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