Facebook Willing To Spend Billions To Connect Everyone In The World

Facebook seems to be prepared to spend billions in order to reach its goal of providing everyone with access to the Internet, according to Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg.

Speaking at an event in Mexico City, which was hosted by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim, Zuckerberg said, “What we really care about is connecting everyone in the world. Even if it means that Facebook has to spend billions of dollars over the next decade making this happen, I believe that over the long term its gonna be a good thing for us and for the world.”

Back in August 2013, Facebook and six mobile phone companies launched Internet.org, a project with the goal to bring affordable internet access to everyone. Along with Facebook, Ericsson, MediaTek, Opera Software, Nokia, Qualcomm, and Samsung are making the effort to reach that goal.

In the meantime, Facebook certainly has a large reach. Around 1.3 billion people use Faceback. A hefty number considering that, by 2014, around 3 billion people will have access to the internet, according to statistics from the International Telecommunications Union.

Zuckerberg added, “I believe that…when everyone is on the internet all of our businesses and economies will be better.”

Do you think that Facebook, or anyone else, will be able to connect the entire world to the internet?