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Zuckerberg Explains Facebook's Plan to Get Entire Planet Online

Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of Facebook Inc., speaks prior to a screening of 'Documented' in San Francisco, Cali
Mark Zuckerberg, chief executive officer of Facebook Inc., speaks prior to a screening of 'Documented' in San Francisco, California, U.S., on Monday, Aug. 5, 2013. 'Documented' is a film written and directed by Jose Antonio Vargas, an undocumented immigrant. Photographer: David Paul Morris/Bloomberg via Getty Images

Mark Zuckerberg wants to get everyone on Earth connected to the internet.

Last week, in an effort to reach this lofty goal, the Facebook CEO announced the establishment of Internet.org, a consortium that allied his company with handset makers (Nokia, Samsung, Ericcson), a browser company (Opera), and network infrastructure manufacturers (Qualcomm, MediaTek). In a 10-page white paper shared on, yes, Facebook, he postulated that a connected world could address economic disparity and outlined a vision of even the poorest people connecting to low-cost, low-data versions of basic Internet services.

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