Facebook prepares to launch its free internet service in the United States. Free Basic is an app developed by the popular social network that allows people to access some sites, without using the data from their internet provider. The app has already been launched in 49 countries.
It could come as a surprise, but Facebook decided to ask the White House for help regarding their free internet service. This decision was taken after they had some big issues with the app in India. The officials from that country decided to ban the program because they believed it violated the neutrality principles. However, the social network did not give up the program. Facebook hopes that low-income Americans and those who do not have high-speed internet will be able to use this program. That is why their main goal is to convince the authorities and the internet providers from rural areas to be involved in the free internet program.
We have to say that Facebook’s plans could really improve the lives of many people living in rural areas. There are millions of people who use the Internet across the country and they could use this app. Moreover, we all know that the United States is not one of the best countries when it comes to internet speed. We still have a lot to learn from some European countries.
What is important to understand is that this free internet service will be available only for smartphones. That is why Facebook needs to communicate with mobile operators and make them involve in the project. This is not an easy job to do, but when you have a social network with more than one billion users, everything is possible.
It is interesting to see that Facebook wants to be more than just a social network for uploading photos and sharing videos. They want to help low-income communities to develop and share free internet service around the world. Some would say that they are doing all these things to be in control over users. Some would just assume that Facebook wants to get more users.
We do not know for sure if the program will be developed in the United States. However, if the White House will support it, Facebook could win this fight.
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