Wednesday, December 3, 2014

Not So Loony After All

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[A]s you read this, some 75 [solar powered] Google balloons are airborne, hovering somewhere over the far reaches of the Southern Hemisphere, automatically adjusting their altitudes according to complex algorithms in order to catch wind currents that will keep them on course. By next year, Google believes it will be able to create a continuous, 50-mile-wide ring of Internet service around the globe. And by 2016, Project Loon director Mike Cassidy anticipates the first customers in rural South America, Southern Africa, or Oceania will be able to sign up for cellular LTE service provided by Google balloons.

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Great news, both for of access in areas with no Internet, but also for competition in areas where there are already companies "serving" customers.