FREE INTERNET | Mark Zuckerberg launches Internet.org in the Philippines

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The official launching of Internet.org in the Philippines was announced by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg

Internet.org, the global initiative that aims to expand access to the Internet, has been launched in the Philippines. This was announced by Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg announced on his official fan page Thursday morning (Philippine time).

“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 internet services for health, education, jobs and communication on the Smart network,” Zuckerberg said.

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The official launching of Internet.org in the Philippines was announced by Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg

The Facebook CEO also attached a photo of a man named Jaime, a tricycle driver from Manila who he says uses Facebook and the Internet “to stay in touch with loved ones who moved to Dubai,” presumably for employment purposes.

On its website, it is stated that Internet.org’s main goal is “to connect the two thirds of the world that doesn’t have Internet access,” with the bulk of this population concentrated in emerging economies in Asia and Africa.

In the Philippines, Facebook has partnered with telecommunications giant PLDT, which controls both Smart Communications and Sun Cellular. This means that only subscribers of those telcos can utilize Internet.org.

This project can be a big help for a country where access to the worldwide web remains difficult in far-flung areas because of the lack in adequate telecommunications infrastructure and the relative expensiveness of acquiring Internet service.

According to InternetLiveStats.com, only around 40% of the estimated 100 million Filipinos have access to Internet. Apart from the concerns mentioned above, Filipino netizens have also long complained about the slow Internet  service in the country, which has been described in recent years as among the slowest in the entire world.

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Mark Madrona is a prize-winning blogger, online journalist, and educator from the Philippines. Previously a book editor, he is now teaching communication subjects for two public universities in Manila. His blog The Filipino Scribe won 3rd place in a blog competition organized by the Affiliated Network for Social Accountability in East Asia and the Pacific (ANSA-EAP). In 2015, it was one of the finalists in the 2015 Lasallian Scholarum Awards for Best Online Feature Article in Youth and Education. He also won the Best Blog Award during the 2011 Population and Development Media Awards, the youngest recipient of that recognition. Know more about him here: http://www.filipinoscribe.com/about/.

1 Comment on FREE INTERNET | Mark Zuckerberg launches Internet.org in the Philippines

  1. It is about time…! Too bad that the horrible Globe Phone company is not part of the new system. I was shocked and appalled when I learned of Globe’s terrible package plans that do NOT include data in the monthly service options. It is disgusting that Globe has such a monopoly on so many of the islands.

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