Facebook after receiving criticism for supposedly violating the net neutrality with introduction of free Basics, is now testing a new model for public Wi-Fi deployments with an aim of proving quality internet access in rural parts of India.
“Express Wifi” is live in India and it is “working with carriers, internet service providers and local entrepreneurs to help expand connectivity to underserved locations around the world” as per the Social network giant’s Internet.org page. The page also added they will be expanding to other regions soon.
It is currently not known as to, if Wifi access will be limited as provided by free Basics or will have a full access. “Express Wifi” is aimed to empower the local entrepreneurs in order to provide quality internet to people around making a steady income. In addition to this by working with the local internet service provider and mobile operators the entrepreneurs will be able to use the software provided by Facebook and connect to their communities.
A spokesperson from Facebook gave a conformation as to being working with various service providers in order to test ‘Express Wi-Fi’ with public Wi-Fi deployments in multiple pilot sites. He also mentioned “This solution empowers ISPs, operators and local entrepreneur retailers to offer quality Internet access to their village, town or region,”The spokes person did not comment on the locations or the partner involved in the project.
Data packs for the can be purchased via digital vouchers on the express wifi network.With introduction of “Express Wifi” they believe they are trying make a sustainable model for all the stakeholders and scaled to bring the whole country online.
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Madhurima Goyal, From ITvoir News Desk