US, WASHINGTON (ORDO NEWS) — Facebook has launched a project with free internet access called Discover. While it works only in Peru and provides a very small amount of free traffic, however this in itself means that the social network has returned to its long-standing idea of the Internet for everyone.
Discover is now available in the format of applications for Android, as well as Web-based applications and works with four carriers. Access to applications is saved to any sites and is not charged, but there are restrictions on the content. Video, music and other heavy formats are simply not supported. Volume limits for everything else are 10 MB per day.
In a statement, Facebook emphasizes that its product is primarily designed for a situation where the user has run out of paid traffic, but he needs to stay in touch. Obviously, the costs of Facebook operators will somehow be compensated, and I must say that this is not the first attempt by the main world social network to provide Internet access for everyone.
For the first time, Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg spoke about this for the first time seven years ago. Then he announced a large-scale project called Internet.org, which was aimed at first of all giving access to the network to those people who have so far been deprived of it. Facebook even planned to distribute the Internet using special satellites or drones.
However, the project, within the framework in which he thought about how to implement it, was not possible. In particular, because he was criticized for violating the so-called principle of network neutrality – access to all sites was not free. The list was formed by Facebook itself, and, for example, no competing social networks got there. As a result, the initiative was launched in only sixteen countries, including Belarus, but it never became a mass one. In India, she was completely banned. The local authorities decided
It should be noted that this project is somewhat similar to the initiative with free access to socially significant resources in Russia. The experiment was launched on April 1, but so far as they say in the implementation of the project there are some roughnesses. For example, providers complain about the lack of a complete list of IT addresses access to which should not be charged. And social networks have not yet created free versions of sites without video. TV channels, in turn, complain about the lack of technical requirements for such sites, but the story is larger and, most importantly, unlimited.
The Russian GLONASS navigation system is considering the possibility of monetizing the big data that it collects. According to Kommersant, the system operator is currently studying a proposal to sell anonymized information on the movement of cars. Here you need to understand that the satellite navigation system alone cannot collect any data.
This is a one way communication. We are talking about the data that the equipment installed on cars gives to the system, including at the request of Russian law. This information about traffic is reportedly planned to monetize. This may be interesting, for example, to insurance companies or other agencies that buy the same kind of data from cellular companies. According to estimates, about 300 million rubles can earn on GLONASS next year’s Big data.
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