Facebook Opens Internet.org to Devs as Net Neutrality Debate Rages

CEO Mark Zuckerberg isnEUt standing by and watching as Net neutrality rules go into effect. While AT&T and other telecom and cable firms petition the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to delay the roll out of the new rules, ZuckerbergEUs Facebook is taking a bold step: opening its Internet.org project by offering an open platform for developers to create services that integrate with it. And itEUs not all about America, either.

LetEUs take a quick step back. Net neutrality aims to assure equal access to the Internet. The net effect of the so-called Net neutrality ruling means sites that hog bandwidth, such as Netflix or Hulu, may be forced to pay extra for usage. The idea is to ensure that data-hogging services do not interfere with Internet speeds promised to other customers. The FCCEUs January ruling has been one of the most controversial Internet moves in Web history. European and Asian nations are struggling with the same issues.

Zuckerberg launched Internet.org in August 2013 with a who's who of technology giants including Ericsson, Nokia, Qualcomm, Samsung, Opera and MediaTek. The founding members of Internet.org are developing joint projects, sharing knowledge, and mobilizing industry and governments to bring the world online. The founding companies have a long history of working closely with mobile operators, which are expected to play leading roles within the initiative.

Access Equals Opportunity

"Access equals opportunity. Net neutrality should not prevent access,EU said Zuckerberg in a video post. EUWe need both, it's not an equal Internet if the majority of people can't participate."

According to an Internet.org post, the goal of the project is to work with as many developers and entrepreneurs as possible to extend the benefits of connectivity to diverse, local communities. To do this, Internet.org will offer services in a way that promises to be more transparent and inclusive.

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