Google’s Balloon-based Internet Dream: Loon or Loony?


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I can’t even remember how many times in the past I have chuckled at the idea of a blimp/balloon-based internet. I guess it was because those ideas were promoted by companies that sounded a bit flim-flammy or sometimes, just plain nuts.

Google Internet Balloons, before the launch in New Zealand. Photo courtesy of Trey Ratcliff (under Creative Commons)

Of course, now we might have to take this whole balloon-based broadband thing seriously — Google (s GOOG) is putting a lot of money, time and effort behind it. In a blog post, the company announced Project Loon:

Today we’re unveiling our latest moonshot from Google[x]: balloon-powered Internet access. We believe that it might actually be possible to build a ring of balloons, flying around the globe on the stratospheric winds, that provides Internet access to the earth below.  It’s very early days, but we’ve built a system that uses…

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