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10 times less expensive, 10 times more efficient: here is the Internet for everyone

Bring the Internet to the other 5 billion people. With this goal, Internet.org is an association made up of the big names in the Web such as Facebook, Qualcomm, Ericsson and others. The cost of Internet distribution is still too high to reach the rest of the world those 5 billion people who live outside (…)

Bring the Internet to the other 5 billion people. With this goal, Internet.org is an association made up of the big names in the Web such as Facebook, Qualcomm, Ericsson and others. The cost of Internet distribution is still too high to reach the rest of the world those 5 billion people who live outside the overdeveloped world. According to the first document published by Internet.org (a 70-page report) today the cost is 100 times higher than it should be to reach the goal that the association has set itself. To achieve the goal of reducing the cost of data dissemination by 100 times , the consortium studied a double strategy: improving the efficiency of applications running on the network by 10 times and reducing costs by 10 times: 10 × 10 = 100. Facebook is already working with HipHop technology for PHP and the HipHop virtual machine, which allows its servers to host 500 percent more traffic than before. Facebook is also doing research on image compression technologies such as WebP – currently in use on its Android application with the goal of replacing PNG and JPEG standards, a solution that would lead to a 20% reduction in network traffic. This challenge will be fought over the next 10 years, but it will not be easy to see the evolution we are facing. According to Qualcomm in fact the data traffic destined to duplicate every year in the next 10 years making the task that we post Internet.org even more difficult. Radical actions will be needed, the spread of new types of connections and many brilliant ideas. The complete Internet.org report can be downloaded here http://internet.org/efficiencypaper