Facebook boss announces provision of free Internet for Pakistan
CALIFORNIA – Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has announced the provision of free Internet access for users in Pakistan through the social-media giant’s new initiative Internet.org, which is currently available on Telenor network.
Internet.org is a latest Facebook enterprise through which the company aims at providing free internet access to people in developing countries. Before Pakistan, this project has been successfully launched in India and Bangladesh.
Zuckerberg announced the launch of Internet.org in Pakistan on Wednesday through a Facebook post. The Facebook chief called this initiative “another step towards connecting the world”. The project gives people access to free basic internet services for health, education, jobs and communication.
“This is because the Internet brings access to jobs, education and health information, and valuable communication tools,” Zuckerberg explained. “Research shows that for every 10 people who gain access to the Internet, at least one person is lifted out of poverty. We have the opportunity to lift up more than hundreds of millions of users around the world,” he said.
Speaking about the future of this project, Zuckerberg said, “I’m optimistic that by getting free basic services into people’s hands, more change can follow pretty rapidly. One day, we will connect everyone, and the power of the internet will serve every community across the world. That day is coming.”