Net neutrality: Zuckerberg, Internet.org and Facebook cannot be more equal than the rest
Facebook Founder has some sort of illusion. With his billions of dollars and many more billions at his disposal the founder of biggest social networking site believes that he should get preferential treatment from the world.
But alas it is not going to be the case. Mark Zuckerberg believes that being the owner of Facebook he is more equal than the others and that this same maxim should be true to his Facebook too.
He believes that while people should pay for having internet access, his website should be available to people without these people having to pay for internet to get access. This means while a small startup will not get free access to a consumer, his huge organization and many similarly powerful rganizations will run amok without any problem at all.
After remaining silent the thirty-something founder of the Facebook came out forcefully in the defence of Internet.org, after a group of Indian technology and internet companies pulled out of the initiative, claiming it threatened the principle of “net neutrality”.
Many Indian companies have claimed after fierce opposition from common people that Internet.org â€“ which provides free access to a few web services including Facebook, Google Search, Wikipedia, AccuWeather and BBC News via a mobile app â€“ is against net neutrality.
Several organizations have said that they are moving out of the much publicized Internet.Org Project. The heavyweight that have moved out of it include travel portal Cleartrip.com and media giant Times Group. While going a step ahead Times Group also called on other publishers to do the same.
But Zuckerberg seems undaunted. While writing in a blog post he said, â€œit is always better to have some access than none at allâ€¦We fully support net neutrality. We want to keep the internet open. Net neutrality ensures network operators donâ€™t discriminate by limiting access to services you want to use. Itâ€™s an essential part of the open internet, and we are fully committed to itâ€¦But net neutrality is not in conflict with working to get more people connected. These two principles â€“ universal connectivity and net neutrality â€“ can and must coexist.â€