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Facebook Announces Plan to Make Internet Access Available to All, Launches Internet.org

Facebook announces global partnership with Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm, Samsung as founding partners of Internet.org — an initiative to expand global internet access availability.Mark Zuckerberg, founder and CEO of Facebook, on Tuesday announced the launch of internet.org, a global partnership with the goal of making internet access available to the next 5 billion people.

From the announcement: "The founding members of internet.org — Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Nokia, Opera, Qualcomm and Samsung — will develop joint projects, share knowledge, and mobilize industry and governments to bring the world online. These founding companies have a long history of working closely with mobile operators and expect them to play leading roles within the initiative, which over time will also include NGOs, academics and experts as well. Internet.org is influenced by the successful Open Compute Project, an industry-wide initiative that has lowered the costs of cloud computing by making hardware designs more efficient and innovative."

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