LOG IN TO THE FLY­ING IN­TER­NET

Ma­jor cor­po­ra­tions want to blan­ket the Earth with free In­ter­net. By laser drone, by bal­loon and by mi­crosat, to­tal cov­er­age is com­ing.

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Some of the tech in­dus­try’s most in­no­va­tive com­pa­nies are de­vel­op­ing dif­fer­ent so­lu­tions which are de­signed to en­sure In­ter­net con­nec­tions for all peo­ple in the world.

Google's Project Loon is bal­loons fly­ing at an al­ti­tude of 20 km and equipped like mo­bile phone masts. They nav­i­gate by as­cend­ing/de­scend­ing to the right air flows. In 2017, it brought In­ter­net ac­cess to 100,000 Puerto Ri­cans fol­low­ing a hur­ri­cane.

From 2019, SpaceX will be­gin launch­ing 4,000+ satel­lites in a for­ma­tion, which will cover all of Earth at any time. It will also im­prove the In­ter­net con­nec­tions of space­craft.

In late 2017, OneWeb was al­lowed to launch 720 satel­littes, which are to bring In­ter­net con­nec­tions with speeds of up to 200 megabits/sec­ond to one bil­lion peo­ple.

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