We tend to think that everybody’s online these days. In fact, only one-third of the world’s population has access to the Internet. The other two-thirds are simply beyond reach.

Google and Facebook are hatching schemes (that some people call crazy) to bring to the majority of people what we in the privileged minority enjoy every day — the ability to get online.

It’s really an extension of actions Google and Facebook already take to get people connected.

Paying the bills

Most people in the industrialized world are aware that Google and Facebook pay millions of people in the developing world to use their services. That payment comes in the form of picking up the tab for mobile broadband data when people are using either Google or Facebook services.

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