Global WiFi… is it too good to be true? These two companies plan to make it possible… but how and at what cost?
Loon For All: Balloon-Powered Internet For Everyone
“Many of us think of the Internet as a global community. But two-thirds of the world’s population does not yet have Internet access. Project Loon is a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, designed to connect people in rural and remote areas, help fill coverage gaps, and bring people back online after disasters.”
Facebook Launches Aquila Solar Powered Drone For Internet Access
“Facebook has revealed its first full-scale drone, which it plans to use to provide internet access in remote parts of the world.
Code-named “Aquila”, the solar-powered drone will be able to fly without landing for three months at a time, using a laser to beam data to a base station on the ground.”
India Blocks Zuckerberg’s Free Net App
“India’s telecoms regulator has blocked Facebook’s Free Basics internet service app as part of a ruling in favour of net neutrality.
The scheme offered free access to a limited number of websites.
However, it was opposed by supporters of net neutrality who argued that data providers should not favour some online services over others.”
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