Free Basics

Bangladesh’s regulator has ordered telecom operators and other internet providers in the nation to stop providing free access to social media services, becoming the latest market in Asia to take…

Bangladesh regulator orders telcos to stop providing free access to social media

Facebook’s $5.7 billion investment in India’s Reliance Jio Platforms that could help the American social media juggernaut make inroads into tens of millions of shops in the country is being reviewed…

India’s antitrust watchdog is reviewing Facebook’s $5.7B deal with Reliance Jio Platforms

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg’s (so far) five-year project to expand access to the Internet in emerging markets makes plenty of business sense when you look at the latest report by the Pew Research…

Pew: Social media still growing in emerging markets but stalled elsewhere

As recently as last week, Facebook was touting the growth of Free Basics, its Internet.org project designed to give users free curated web access in developing countries, but the app…

Facebook’s Free Basics program ended quietly in Myanmar last year

Facebook wants you to pay for internet. This week TechCrunch was tipped off that Facebook had quietly launched an Express Wi-Fi Android app in the Google Play store that lets users…

Facebook launches Express Wi-Fi app for its local-operated hotspots

Land grab! Net neutrality! Imperialism! There was a lot of justified outrage (and perhaps delight) when Mark Zuckerberg’s dream of bringing the Internet to rural Indians came crashing down recently,…

Why Facebook failed with Free Basics

Facebook had a high-profile setback when its Free Basics mobile connectivity program got blocked in India earlier this month over net neutrality issues, but its CEO Mark Zuckerberg is adamant — even upbeat — about the social…

At MWC, Facebook’s Zuckerberg Talks Free Basics, Lasers and Encryption

Reimagining Internet.org

8:00 am PST • January 10, 2016

In the wake of the recent suspension and growing calls for permanently banning Internet.org’s app (called Free Basics) in India, it seems a course-correction is now unavoidable for the initiative.…

Reimagining Internet.org

Free Basics, a Facebook program that gives free access to certain Internet services, has been shut down in Egypt. The news comes the week after India’s telecom regulator ordered the…

Facebook’s Controversial Free Basics Program Shuts Down In Egypt

Free Basics, a service by Facebook initiative Internet.org, is having a rough week in India. First, an email campaign by the social media network was criticized for being heavy-handed and…

Indian Regulator Temporarily Suspends Facebook’s Free Basics