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Google Reveals Top-Secret Plan to Beam Internet to Developing World from Space Balloons

Google reveals top-secret plan to beam Internet to developing world from balloons at the edge of space

Google revealed top-secret plans Saturday to send balloons to the edge of space with the lofty aim of bringing Internet to the two-thirds of the global population currently without web access.

Scientists from the technology giant released up to 30 helium-filled test balloons flying 20 kilometres (12.4 miles) above Christchurch in New Zealand Saturday, carrying antennae linked to ground base stations.

While still in the early stages, Project Loon hopes eventually to launch thousands of balloons to provide Internet to remote parts of the world, allowing the more than four billion people with no access to get online.

It could also be used to help after natural disasters, when existing communication infrastructure is affected.

“Project Loon is an experimental technology for balloon-powered Internet access,” the company said on its latest project from its clandestine Google (x), “where we work on radical, sci-fi-sounding technology solutions to solve really big world problems”.

“Balloons, carried by the wind at altitudes twice as high as commercial planes, can beam Internet access to the ground at speeds similar to today’s 3G networks or faster,” it added.

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it'd be cheaper

just to move dey asses to Merika, we's already hardwired

I'm not sure what to make of Google...

I used to be a big fan, and this seems like a good thing, though clearly they have ulterior motives of increasing their user base and opening up advertising markets to under developed areas.

I don't think this is a bad thing.

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I really had a lot of respect for google

at one time. They were a developing company who sought to do imaginative things in new ways and really expand the technology market in good ways.

Then I learned of their cooperation with the government in spying on Americans, their collection of data on people using their services, and a few other things.

Now they're on my shit list. I still praise this though, a more connected world can be a good thing.

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Isn't it "forced" cooperation?

I was under the impression that Google is being legally manipulated and coerced into sharing information.

Not if they are handing over

Not if they are handing over information without a warrant. which is my understanding.

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