Free online service in Panama’s remote areas

Mark Zuckerberg

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Mark Zuckerberg

Mark Zuckerberg visiting the Canal on his April trip to Panama.

Earlier this year, Mark Zuckerberg, CEO of Facebook, visited Panama and met with President Juan Carlos Varela to discuss improving internet connectivity in the country, where less than half the population is online.

The result of those meetings has begun to be implemented, with the recent launch in Panama of, a program that allows subscribers to the network of cell phone operator, Digicel Panamá, to enjoy free data access to 20 websites, including Facebook and Wikipedia, that feature valuable tools for health, jobs, education and communications, including e-government services from the Panamanian government.

According to Zuckerberg, “Connectivity changes lives and communities, but change depends on strong partnerships. Thanks to President Varela for his support for and for bringing the opportunities of the internet to the entire world.”

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