19 Jun '13, 5pm

Google’s Project Loon: It's Balloon-Powered Internet Access

Google’s Project Loon: It's Balloon-Powered Internet Access

It may sound like a belated April Fool's joke , but it's not. Google plans to give Internet access to the entire world by sending network-enabled balloons into the stratosphere. Dubbed Project Loon, the venture aims to liberate those 5 billion or so people on Earth without Internet access, because "for every one person in the world that can get online, there are two that can't." "Right now in most of the countries in the southern hemisphere, the cost of an internet connection is more than a month's income," Google said in a blog post . "We believe that it might actually be possible to build a ring of balloons, flying around the globe on the stratospheric winds that provide Internet access to the earth below." Google therefore has put its money behind its ambitions, and has released a set of videos showing the building of such a system, which uses balloons carried by the wi...

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