Connecting the World is a global partnership dedicated to making affordable internet access available to the two thirds of the world not yet connected. is a partnership between Facebook and six mobile phone companies, Ericsson, Samsung, Nokia, Opera Software, Qualcomm, and MediaTek, as well as with nonprofits, local communities and experts. The initiative seeks to provide affordable Internet access to everyone by increasing affordability, increasing efficiency, and facilitating the development of new business models around the provision of Internet access.

Launched in August 2013 by Mark Zuckerberg, founder of Facebook, the idea of "is to develop a group of basic internet services that would be free of charge to use. These could be a social networking service like Facebook, a messaging service, maybe search and other [services] like weather. Providing a bundle of these free of charge to users will work like a gateway drug of sorts."