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    Zuckerberg unveils plan for Internet access for all

    1:19 PM, Aug 21, 2013   |    comments
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    SAN FRANCISCO - Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg late Tuesday announced on his Facebook profile page the formation of a partnership with Samsung Electronics, Nokia, Qualcomm and others to make Internet access available to everyone on Earth.

    The group - Internet.org - intends to make the Internet an option for the 5 billion people who don't have it. Only about one-third of the world's population - 2.7 billion - has Internet access.

    "Everything Facebook has done has been about giving all people around the world the power to connect," Zuckerberg said in a post on his timeline. "There are huge barriers in developing countries to connecting and joining the knowledge economy. Internet.org brings together a global partnership that will work to overcome these challenges, including making internet access available to those who cannot currently afford it."

    The founding members of Internet.org - which also includes Ericsson, MediaTek and Opera -- will develop joint projects, share knowledge, and mobilize industry and governments to bring the world online, according to Zuckerberg.

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