With Google’s Project Loon it seemed as if the tech giant was the only company concerned with getting the internet to more and more people, especially people who heretofore couldn’t afford it or gain access to it. This solo trip into internet access for everyone appears to be ending, though, with several phone companies as well as Facebook joining forces. Facebook has joined with Samsung, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, and Qualcomm in Internet.org, which is a project dedicated to getting the internet to the five billion people who cannot get access to it. This coalition of tech will work together on data-compression technologies as well as cheaper smartphones to make the web cheaper overall.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, has had this to say: “There are huge barriers in developing countries to connecting and joining the knowledge economy. Internet.org brings together a global partnership that will work to overcome these challenges, including making internet access available to those who cannot currently afford it.”e:
Source: Tech Crunch