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Megaupload Founder offers Free Internet to All of New Zealand

Offers to fund program that has been suspended due to lack of money


Eccentric Internet millionaire Kim Dotcom vowed this week to fund free Internet access for all of New Zealand once he gets his new website off the ground.

Dotcom is currently embroiled in an extradition fight against the U.S., which accused him of running the largest criminal copyright infringement operation in history and seized his business, Megaupload, in January. The site provided free cloud-based file storage to more than 50 million customers.

Dotcom says new site,, will function similarly, but with enhanced encryption and distributed hosting, ensuring that users "hold the keys" to their own files, instead of the host.