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Google plans to provide worldwide internet coverage, via a network of floating balloons

By David Tom · 11 replies
Jun 17, 2013
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  1. The mysterious Google X lab is at it again, and this time they are unleashing a top-secret internet service that goes by the code-name “Project Loon”. Google's plan is to eventually launch thousands of internet-beaming transmitters into the stratosphere, carried...

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  2. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 3,160   +1,413

    So Bill Gates thinks those in rural Africa need clean drinking water and vaccinations, while Google is working on broadband. Hopefully electricity and a tablet come from those balloons too, so they'll be able to use the internet.
  3. SexyMan

    SexyMan TS Rookie Posts: 16

    The article did not mention if it is free... is it?

    For the specs (speed and latency), I know it is still in early testing but I am expecting around >50ms latency (basing from a performance of LTE or 12 miles apart wifi) and with a speed that can at least stream a YouTube.
  4. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 8,817   +585

  5. "Internet" usage is more than facebook and reading techspot. There are several Organizations like WFP, Red Cross, etc wich have hundreds of sites on Africa and they have to spend Millions in Satellital internet access.

    What about Telemedicine? Live information about weather, earthquakes, etc? Telephone system (IP)?

    And.. Facebook (Google+)
  6. 415WhoCares

    415WhoCares TS Rookie

    Another Big Brother tactic, that they will sell off to the government.
    Wendig0 likes this.
  7. VitalyT

    VitalyT Russ-Puss Posts: 4,476   +3,035

    In this economy we know that any bubble bursts sooner or later. Let's see for how long these ones will last...

    It usually takes just one stupid bird...
    Wendig0 and learninmypc like this.
  8. MilwaukeeMike

    MilwaukeeMike TS Evangelist Posts: 3,160   +1,413

    Good point. and if Google is spending some time and money on solving a real problem I should probably stop ripping on them.
  9. Tygerstrike

    Tygerstrike TS Enthusiast Posts: 827   +93

    The problem I see is that we can not predict the weather accurately enough to have these ballons out there. They couldnt be free floating. Given the weather patterns, a ballon launched in Canada could end up in South Africa. Where the idea is cost effective, the temptous nature of the weather slams the lid down on this idea. Now maybe BroadBand sattelite service made cheaper, now theres a idea that might work.
  10. learninmypc

    learninmypc TS Evangelist Posts: 8,817   +585

    IF everybody would read the/watch the news, I see the word "experimental" in describing it.
    Right now, Google is experimenting with the idea. It is not a done deal.
  11. Outlaw88

    Outlaw88 TS Rookie

    I wonder how many will be shot down by paranoid leaders thinking someone is spying on them.
  12. treetops

    treetops TS Evangelist Posts: 2,559   +550

    I am sure children living in dump heaps going through trash to recycle for their next meal will greatly appreciate this. Then again maybe this can pave the way for a robotic army to feed the poor and eventually kill all humans :).

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