The scheme’s ability to draw out some of the world’s, as yet, unrecognised entrepreneurs, has been highlighted as one of Internet.org’s biggest benefits. Zuckerberg said it was important to consider “how many brilliant entrepreneurs there are, who have great ideas and the will to change the world. They just lack basic tools to do so. If you go by the population, almost two-thirds of these entrepreneurs don’t have internet access today.”The very premise of being able to link up with others across the globe has been of critical importance both to those who would have internet access, and those who are already connected. “Once they get connected, we may have three times as many good ideas and amazing new services built that will benefit everyone around the world,” Zuckerberg claimed. Although the Facebook mogul has been accused of being too simplistic in his comments, it’s reasonable to suggest that his focus on internet expansion could signal untapped potential across many spheres and sectors. Though of exciting importance from Zuckerberg’s perspective, the opportunities opened up for entrepreneurs seem to be just one small cog in the wheel of his wide-ranging plan. He even mentioned that carrying out the Q&A on Facebook itself would be “valuable so more people can participate,” a fundamental aspect of the ethos Zuckerberg has been espousing. Zuckerberg, whose personal wealth as of last month stands at $35.1bn, has made it a renewed crusade of his to expand the internet across the world. A partnership between Facebook and seven mobile phone companies including Samsung and Microsoft, resulted in Internet.org, a project to bring affordable internet access to everyone. The plan to achieve this incorporates increasing affordability, increasing efficiency and facilitating the development of new business models focusing on the provision of internet access. His announcement of Internet.org back in 2013, drew criticism – with questions over whether companies like Facebook and Google were taking unfair advantage of carriers’ mobile networks.
Zuckerberg, who has remained determined in this aim, reaffirmed at Mobile World Congress last month that “growing the internet is expensive work. The only way to accelerate that is to help operators grow their business.” There are still queries as to the long-term success of the initiative. Zuckerberg’s response in one of last night’s questions suggested that Internet.org would only provide basic internet access. He added: “Having some connectivity and ability to share is better than none”. There would, of course, need to be much more support than merely providing internet access to ensure entrepreneurs are able to realise their ambitions. Read more on Facebook:
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