Mark Zuckerberg nails why critics of his plan to connect the world are wrong
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Critics, particularly in India, have been calling Internet.org an affront to the principles of net neutrality.Net neutrality is the idea that all internet traffic should be treated equally, no matter what service it comes from.
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Price discrimination, what net neutrality protects against, is undeniably bad, he said. But allowing Facebook and other companies like Wikipedia, job sites, or news organizations to offer their services for free, isn't."If you want to sell apples and sell them to white men for a dollar and black women for $2, that is wrong and is rightfully banned," he said. "And net neutrality is kind of like that. If an operator wants to advantage their own video program and not Netflix, for example, that is bad. It's good that regulation protects that. But if the person selling apples wants to donate some to a food bank for free, there's never a law against that. It's really hard to see how what we're doing is hurting anyone."
"If you ask these people, who didn't grow up with a computer and have never used the internet, do you want to buy a data plan, their answer is going to be 'Why?' They actually have enough money to afford it, but they're not sure why they would want it," Zuckerberg says. "So, the answer to that requires a business model innovation, which is making the internet something where you can use some basic services that don't consume a lot of bandwidth for free. Within a month, more than half of the people who get access to those services, realize why the internet is valuable and become paying customers."
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