The organization also is helping third parties create new Wi-Fi services in rural areas of India. Called Express Wi-Fi, that initiative provides support for entrepreneurs who want to sell Wi-Fi access.
The initiative aims to enable Wi-Fi at lower retail prices than has been possible before. Part of the effort might well entail stripping out bandwidth-intensive elements such as advertising and video.
Facebook has already set up such hotspots in partnership with Internet service providers in parts of Uttarakhand and Bangalore.