Facebook's march to global domination is trampling over net neutrality


There's been a lot of great awareness about the need for net neutrality. It seems, in the U.S., we might be about to get legal protections for our open internet connections. In this battle, Comcast, Time Warner, Verizon and the like have been the villains. And yet, globally, it's not just these companies who we have to watch out for.

Not satisfied with its 1.4 billion members — roughly half of the world’s internet-connected population — Facebook founded the Internet.org project in 2013 to spread internet access to poor communities around the world and thereby accelerate its own growth and reach. This week, the Internet.org app arrives in India, allowing locals free access to Facebook and a curated list of services that Facebook likes. On the surface, it seems like a net positive for India and for humanity, bringing more connectivity and information to people who might not otherwise be able to afford it. But every good thing comes at a price, and in the case of Internet.org, that price is net neutrality.