FB links more Filipinos with free Internet

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Internet.org is a Facebook-led initiative that aims to make mobile Internet services available to two-thirds of the world who are not yet connected.

(CNN Philippines) — One of the major functions of the Internet is to bridge people. When people have access to the Internet, they connect to the world.

According to internetlivestats.com, however, only 40% of the world has access to the Internet. The rest remains unconnected.

In the Philippines, not all Filipinos have access to the Internet. But thanks to Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg for bringing mobile Internet to all Filipinos.

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Facebook and Smart network launched on Thursday (March 19) the Internet.org app, which offers a set of basic mobile Internet services — including news, health, messaging and communication — without data charges.

Internet.org is a Facebook-led initiative that aims to make mobile Internet services available to two-thirds of the world who are not yet connected.

For its initial phase, the app allows Filipinos to enjoy free access to a buffet of 24 websites featuring informative and practical content, including, of course, Facebook and Messenger, on their mobile phones.

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Since 2014, Internet.org has been rolled out in six countries, including Colombia, Ghana, Tanzania, Kenya, India, and Zambia, enabling people to browse useful information and websites with zero data charges.

Posted on his Facebook page, Zuckerberg said: “We’re one step closer to connecting the world as we launched Internet.org in the Philippines today. Now everyone in the country can have free access to the internet services…”

The app, however, is available only to Smart and Sun subscribers and initially downloadable on the Google Play Store.