“We have opened schools in Africa with internet capable infrastructure to give a boost to education quality and we are evaluating plans to open such schools in India in the future,” the chief executive said.
Asked about net neutrality and Internet.org, Zuckerberg said the platform via its free basics program aims to solve three problems of connecting to the internet — availability, affordability and awareness. “We are trying to aid availability by streaming the internet via satellites. In terms of affordability, free basics is free to use and also low on data consumption. Users are not forced to pay for the service,” Zuckerberg said reiterating the need of an open internet platform like its proprietary initiative Internet.org in India while reminding that Facebook always supported net neutrality and adhered to regulations. “We have always adhered to net neutrality regulations but there are several countries who still do not have norms in place. We will adapt to them as soon as they are in place as we are in the favour of being 100% net neutral,” Zuckerberg said. Further explaining, he said “Free basics program under the Internet.org initiative aims to connect the next billion people. It does not intend to harm anyone — neither the consumers nor the operators,” he said.
“Any developer who can stream low-data consuming content can be a part of the platform,” the chief executive told a gathering of 1,100 people expressing his discontent in some way over the ongoing debate about net neutrality.