Tim Berners-Lee said that he would like to see everybody given a low-bandwidth connection "by default."
He said the web could be instrumental in giving people access to critical services such as healthcare.
Currently, he said, just one-fifth of the world's population has access to the web.
"What about the other 80%?" he asked the audience at the Nokia World conference in London.
"I would like to see people enrolled in a cheap data plan by default. I would like them to get it for free."
Sir Tim said the rise in mobile networks around the world meant there was now an opportunity to connect everyone.
"What about these people who have a signal but are not part of the Web, who are not part of the information society?" he said.
"I initially assumed you should get them water first, you should get them healthcare and then it is the luxury of getting the Web," he said.
"But it is not actually like that. The Web can be pretty instrumental in getting them access to healthcare.
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