According to news reports, Facebook is talking with U.S. officials about bringing the company’s Free Basics app to the U.S. The app is already available overseas, and here’s how it works: Facebook partners with phone companies who agree to waive data charges when users access certain websites.
The app would be available to low-income Americans who can’t afford Internet access and is supposed to allow them to do things like search for jobs or make doctor’s appointments. But the free access only applies to certain sites that are picked by Facebook.
Facebook says the company is still in the early stages of considering the idea in the U.S.