Facebook pushes plea for net neutrality

The founder of Facebook, Mark Zuckerberg, has responded to complaints in India this week that its internet.org initiative is a barrier to net neutrality.Facebook

Zuckerberg said Facebook made internet.org in an attempt to connect the globe by striking deas with mobile operators and governments.

He claimed that internet.org lowers the cost of poor people accessing the internet which simply isn’t affordable for everyone in the world.

Internet.org, he said in his blog, gives free access to basic internet services like messaging, jobs and health.

So far, he claimed, 800 million in nine countries can get free basic services through internet.org.

It’s made a deal with Indian provider Reliance to give basic services to people in the Indian states of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra, Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat and Kerala. He said it’s launched the service on the Indosat network in Indonesia this week.

Zuckerberg said Facebook wants to keep the internet open, and internet.org won’t block or throttle any other services. He called internet providers to join in the initiative.

You can find his blog post, here.