Is Giving Developing Countries Free Data For Many Sites

Illustration for article titled Is Giving Developing Countries Free Data For Many Sites—the Zuckerberg-backed initiative to make the internet available the world over—has announced that its new app will provide free data access for services like Google, Wikipedia, Facebook, and more.

Initially available in Zambia, with plans to extend its reach over time, the following sites won't accrue any data charges when accessed via

The data service is powered by Airtel in Zambia, and is no doubt pursuing other partners for the rest of the continent and byond. An app will be aviable for Android phones so that people can make use of the service, while feature phone users will simply have to navigate to, from where they'll be able to access sites for free. It's an amazing first try at truly democratizing internet access. []


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not sure how I feel about this. It's great that people in areas that otherwise wouldn't have access to this information will now, but the concept of giving them only sites that you approve of....ehhh. It feels like the kind of thing the ISPs are trying to pull.