Mexican president pitches universal internet in chat with Mark Zuckerberg
López Obrador posted on both Facebook and Twitter a short clip of his video conference with Zuckerberg in which the president notes that a fifth of Mexico’s population does not have internet access - Photo: File photo/Reuters

Mexican president pitches universal internet in chat with Mark Zuckerberg

19/06/2019
12:23
Reuters
Mexico City
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The representative did not confirm any tie-ups between Facebook and the Mexican government

Mexican President Andrés Manuel López Obrador said he spoke with Facebook Inc’s Mark Zuckerberg on Tuesday, inviting the social media tycoon to partner with him in a bid to promote universal internet access in Mexico.

López Obrador posted on both Facebook and Twitter a short clip of his video conference with Zuckerberg in which the president notes that a fifth of Mexico’s population does not have internet access and that he would like better connectivity to help improve social conditions, especially among the poor.

“This is a program to communicate, inform, improve education, health at a very low cost,” said López Obrador, who later invited Zuckerberg to participate in an unspecified form of partnership with the government.

Zuckerberg does not speak in the clip, and López Obrador did not give additional details of the partnership beyond suggesting the effort should build on existing infrastructure, especially electricity lines, and that it should not seek to turn a profit.

“We had the opportunity to discuss the life-changing potential of connectivity with President López Obrador,” a Facebook representative said in a statement to Reuters.

The representative did not confirm any potential tie-ups between the company and the Mexican government to boost internet access, but instead pointed to existing partnerships with internet providers “to create thousands of WiFi hot spots and boost access in rural communities across Mexico.”

To date, the social network has partnered with providers including Viasat and Hughes in Mexico.
 

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