A Whole New Altitude

A Whole New Altitude

Wi-Fi in the sky? It’s here.

People want to be connected. But that’s a challenge in parts of the world where internet service is thwarted by a lack of fiber, towers and other infrastructure. That’s not stopping companies from finding creative solutions in the form of drones and balloons that remain in an area to stream Wi-Fi signals. Google and Facebook are already testing drones. (Facebook’s is solar-powered and wider than a 747.) And Tesla/SpaceX founder Elon Musk has asked the federal government for permission to use a fleet of 4,000 tiny
satellites to beam internet service from outer space.

Many hurdles remain, from maintaining steady connections to government regulations — not to mention keeping these digital flying objects from being shot down. Still, this
promises to help connect millions around the globe.

Using gigantic balloons, Google's "Project Loon" aims to stream Wi-Fi from the stratosphere to remote parts of the world.
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