Facebook Wants To Build 911 Like Service For Internet Access

Ever thought of having a 911 for internet? Well, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg seems to have clearly given this idea a lot of thinking. Facebook’s Zuckerberg met Bloomberg TV’s Emily Chang on Thursday in order to discuss a 911 like facility for internet called Internet.org.  The social networking giant aims to bring bare-minimum internet access to the citizens of the developing countries through Internet.org.

Zuckerberg compared his Internet.org to the 911 facility in the United States, as both are there to provide basic necessary services to people.

According to Zuckerberg, they followed the model of 911 in the US while coming up with Internet.org.

Explaining his idea behind the concept, he said, “So even if you haven't paid for a phone plan, you can always dial 911, and if there is a crime or a health emergency or a fire, you get basic help, and we think there should be an equivalent of this for the Internet as well - where even if you haven't paid for a data plan, you can get access to basic health information or education or job tools or basic communication tools, and it will vary, country by country.”

The major concern which one sees in Internet.org is how will it be able to sustain itself but worry no more because Mark Zuckerberg has figured out a plan for this too. According to him, Internet.org will be able to sustain itself by bringing in new customers to data providers once people are able to figure out how to take make use of the Online world.

"The people understand why they would want to pay for data, and these operators end up making more money, and it ends up being more profitable, and it ends up taking that money and reinvesting that in better Internet and infrastructure for everyone in their country," Zuckerberg said.  It seems like a win-win situation for all.

The social networking giant has plans of bringing “drones” and other technologies like microwaves and lasers in the near future in order to help in increasing internet access to people.

Zuckerberg also applauded Google’s Project Loon program, which explores the possibility of using weather balloons to bring internet to the citizens of the developing world. According to him, connecting every person in the developing world to internet is something which no single company can achieve by themselves. He even said  he would love to work with Google for the same.

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