Facebook wants to bring Free Basics to U.S.

SAN FRANCISCO — Facebook wants to bring its controversial Free Basics app to the U.S. with the goal of giving limited Internet access to people who don't have it, according to a published report.

The giant social network striving to connect millions more to the Web — and to its own service — has been in talks for months with U.S. officials and wireless carriers, the Washington Post said, citing multiple people familiar with the matter.

Free Basics has drawn intense scrutiny, especially in India where regulators banned it earlier this year. The app available in 49 countries provides access to select online resources, including Facebook, on mobile devices.

"While we have nothing to announce," Facebook said in an emailed statement, "Facebook's mission is to connect the world and we’re always exploring ways to do that, including in the United States."


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