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A Tale of Balloons, Drones, Lasers and Satellites by Google and Facebook: The Golden Age of Free Internet is About to Come

The Internet giants – Facebook and Google are persistent to provide free Internet access to the next billion who are yet to come online. Two thirds of the world population still does not have access to the Internet. Google envisions a world that has its rural and remote areas connected by high-altitude balloons placed in stratosphere. The speed is comparable to that of 3G. The balloons are maneuvered by adjusting their altitude to float to a wind layer with the desired speed and direction using the wind data from the National Oceanic and Atmospheric Administration. The project was unveiled in...