Internet.org, initiative of Facebook co-founder Mark Zuckerberg, aims to rectify/fulfill the internet connectivity issues such as lack of internet in some part of the globe. Mark Zuckerberg started to defend for his initiative, after few Indian companies has detached from the Internet.org.
Internet.org is a zero-rating, this makes the telecom sources to provide free services for their customers without concerning about the cost of handling of data bandwidth/traffic. Internet.org has been criticized as a distorting-effect by Mark Zuckerberg on his competitors, as Internet.org is not accessible by those publishers who doesn’t have links with the organization. At the same time, it is not yet reached about millions of people, who has no sort of internet access in non-developed countries.
Mark Zuckerberg stated that Internet.org is an ordinary free service and is not a distorting one with respect to net neutrality. Also, he mentioned as,
“We fully support net neutrality,” Universal connectivity and net neutrality can and must co-exist. However, Facebook maintains that Internet.org is free to use for publishers and app providers. We’re open for all mobile operators and we’re not stopping anyone from joining. We want as many Internet providers to join so as many people as possible can be connected.”
In the meanwhile, Hindustan times from India wrote that,
“Zuckerberg’s ambitious project to confuse hundreds of millions of emerging market users into thinking that Facebook and the internet are one and the same.”
In competition with Mark Zuckerberg, India’s top mobile network operator, Bharathi Airtel mentioned that it has also started a zero-rating services on Airtel, that allows the users to use particular apps for free of cost. The service provider will handle the data charges for that particular application.
Mark Zuckerberg said in a statement that, he has started the service of Internet.org, after consulting with each and every local governments as well as mobile operators in every country. Now, lots of startups and firms have detached themselves from the Mark Zuckerberg Internet.org and information regarding that become viral all over the globe.