Mexico Gets Free Basics

The Free Basics services from have made their way south of the border.

The Free Basics services from have made their way south of the border.

Facebook co-founder and CEO Mark Zuckerberg announced in a post Monday (embedded below) that Free Basics launched on the Virgin Mobile network in Mexico.

Zuckerberg wrote:

As we wrap up the year, I want to share one more milestone: We’ve launched Free Basics in Mexico. Now the one-half of the population who are unconnected will have free access to Internet services for education, health, jobs and communication on the Virgin Mobile network.

Connecting Mexico is personally important to me. I have many friends and neighbors with family there, and many families (wife Priscilla Chan) works with come from Mexico. I believe spreading Internet access will not only create opportunities in Mexico, but also create more understanding of this great country and its people. When we build ties between people and cultures, we can tear down the walls some try to build in the face of progress.

This photo is of Raúl Mejía Rivera. He owns a restaurant in La Merced market in Mexico City and uses Facebook and WhatsApp to promote his restaurant and receive orders.

Readers: Which country will be the next to get Free Basics?


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