Monday, May 4, 2015

FB and net neutrality

FB has decided to make a change which some are protesting compromise net neutrality because it prefers  access to some sites and apps over others. FB founder  "Mark Zuckerberg said it was "not sustainable to offer the whole internet for free"."  If you think the Internet is free, here's a quote from Zuckerberg worth remembering... "It costs tens of billions of dollars every year to run the internet, and no operator could afford this if everything were free."   The change will be Internet.org which  allows subscribers of partner mobile networks (which ones?) to use  some limited online services for free, which will require using special Android apps and some specific websites and browsers. This has already been working since 2014 in  "Zambia, India, Colombia, Guatemala, Tanzania, Kenya, Ghana, the Philippines and Indonesia." These are nations not known for great access to the Internet. Zuckerberg believes that providing access one way or the other will give them some access they do not now have to information and technology and likely improve their lives.  This will definitely be a major positive change for a lot of technologically limited third world nations. It could be the greatest leveler in humanity since the concept of free education. Read more about it here http://www.bbc.com/news/technology-32580586

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