Baby steps towards giving free Internet

Last week, Facebook-backed Internet.org launched a pilot program in Forest City, North Carolina, to provide students with free web access. Soon on the heels of that, the non-profit organisation is bringing free data to parts of Zambia in Southern Africa as a part of a major initiative to connect the Internet with the two-thirds of the world’s population who aren’t online.

Internet.org is rolling out an app that provides free basic web services to Airtel subscribers in Zambia. The organisation said it plans to introduce the app to other parts of the world soon. The news comes just one month shy of a year since Facebook founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg launched the organisation, along with support from other tech companies like Ericcson, Nokia, Qualcomm and Samsung.

The users of the Internet.org app will now be able to access health and employment services, as well as a collection of apps like Wikipedia, Facebook, Messenger, Google Search and WRAPP (Women’s Rights App), all without having to worry about huge data charges.

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