Web inventor calls for free access to Internet for all

Tim Berners-Lee, the inventor of the World Wide Web, has suggested that everyone should be provided with free access to Internet.

Speaking at the Nokia World Conference in London, Mr. Tim said that 80 per cent of the world’s population has never used Internet. He said that he wanted to see everyone provided with a low-bandwidth connection by default.

Speaking on the topic, he stated, "I would like to see people enrolled in a cheap data plan by default. I would like them to get it for free."

He suggested that those who never used Internet could be brought online through mobile devices.

According to Mr. Tim, the increasing mobile networks around the globe meant there was now a chance to connect everyone. He added that the web could play a vital role in providing people with access to essential services such as healthcare.

Mr. Tim further said that free access to the Internet would let people to create their own communities and share their own information regarding health, business and agriculture.

Recently, telecoms regulator Ofcom also outlined the importance of Internet, saying next-generation broadband services would boost social engagement and reduce isolation of the elderly and disabled people.