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Facebook Takes Steps to Evade Net Neutrality Row

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Facebook has taken steps to try and calm the flames over its net neutrality busting internet.org service by opening it up to 3rd party developers.

The internet.org service ties in with mobile networks to offer free access to mobile optimised versions of the Facebook website, and a select number of other services. While presented as a way of boosting internet access, it has also been critisised for creating a two-tier charging model for websites.

To assuage the complaints, Facebook says that it is now introducing the Internet.org Platform, an open program for developers to create services that integrate with Internet.org. They're also giving people more choice over the free basic services they can use.

At the core of Facebook's efforts with Internet.org are non-exclusive partnerships with mobile operators to offer free basic internet services to people through Internet.org. These websites are very simple and data efficient, so operators can offer these for free in an economically sustainable way.

Websites do not pay to be included, and operators don't charge developers for the data people use for their services.

Because these services have to be specially built to these specifications, Facebook said that it started by offering just a few. But giving people more choice over the services they use is incredibly important and going forward, people using Internet.org will be able to search for and use services that meet these guidelines.

To facilitate that, they are now building an open platform and anyone who meets these guidelines will be able to participate.

On the web: www.internet.org/platform


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