Now Facebook’s Free Internet Service Available All Over India
Bengaluru, India | Red Newswire | Nov 24, 2015 Last Updated at 03:50 PM IST.
Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg has taken a huge step in expanding the company’s presence in the country. Facebook has taken another major step in connecting everyone in India. As a result of this step, Indian citizens will be able to access internet for education, health, communication and jobs for free!
The free internet can be accessed only through the Internet.org’s Freebasics app and on Reliance network.
Zuckerberg cited the example of Ganesh Nimbalkar – a farmer and his wife who work on their five acre plot for supporting their family. He said in his post that Ganesh had been having a hard time with traditional farming methods, but when he started using Free Basics, his condition has improved a lot since last year.
Ganesh was able to access AccuWeather services through Free Basics which helped him in working around the seasons. He could also access Reuters market light, enabling him to understand the prices of things he wanted to buy and get good deals.
Zuckerberg said in his post, “By using Free Basics, Ganesh has doubled his crop yield, eradicated insect infestations and even invested in new crops and livestock.”
He concluded by saying that in India there are 1 billion people who do not have access to internet. But, Internet.org’s Free Basics will help many more people like Ganesh and his wife Bharati. The post went viral in just few minutes of posting.
The gesture received mixed reactions. Majority of the people favored this move. One user commented, “great news for horticulture and agriculture industry in India and would enable small stakeholders to come to terms with rapid changes in crop-rotation and climate and also encourage them to grow different types of crops.”
However, some were also displeased with the move saying that it doesn’t makes sense when the government is against net neutrality.