Facebook is ready to spend billions of dollars to reach its goal of bringing the Internet to everyone on the planet, Chief Executive Mark Zuckerberg said on Friday, according to Reuters.
“What we really care about is connecting everyone in the world, ” Zuckerberg said at an event hosted by Mexican billionaire Carlos Slim in Mexico City.
“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, ” he added.
The International Telecommunications Union (ITU) estimated that some 3 billion humans would access the Internet by the end of 2014. Almost half of them, 1.3 billion, use Facebook.
Facebook, being the world’s largest social networking company, launched its Internet.org project last year to connect billions of people without Internet access in less affluent places like Africa and Asia by working with phone operators.
“I believe that … when everyone is on the Internet all of our businesses and economies will be better, ” Zuckerberg said.
Slim, one of the world’s wealthiest people according to Forbes magazine, was in the audience. Other speakers on the agenda included Hillary Rodham Clinton, actor Antonio Banderas and soccer player Ronaldinho.