Facebook’s internet.org that created a buzz earlier this year, can now be accessed across the country, through Internet.org’s Free Basics app on the Reliance network.
Mark Zuckerberg, CEO, Facebook, in a post, said, “We just took another step towards connecting India. As of today, everyone in India nationwide can access free internet services for health, education, jobs and communication through Internet.org’s Free Basics app on the Reliance network.”
Citing the story of Ganesh Nimbalkar and his wife Bharati, a family from Maharashtra who depends on farming for livelihood, Zuckerberg, said, “Ganesh struggled with traditional farming methods in a region plagued by droughts, but last year he started using Free Basics — accessing services like AccuWeather, which helped him work better through the monsoon season, and Reuters Market Light, which helped him understand commodity prices and get a better deal for his crops. By using Free Basics, Ganesh has doubled his crop yield, eradicated insect infestations and even invested in new crops and livestock.”
Earlier, ClearTrip, NDTV, DailyHunt and Times Internet withdrew from the program, so as to support net neutrality.