Google's Next Big Idea: Blimps for Broadband

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Google's Next Big Idea: Blimps for Broadband

May 27, 2013

BLIMP ON THE RADAR: It's neither bird, plane, nor Superman, but the latest project from the mad scientists at Google will certainly have folks looking up at the sky. Wired shared that the search giant is planning to set up wireless networks across Africa and Asia using balloons and blimps, with signals that can reportedly reach hundreds of square kilometers. With research suggesting that education technology's "potential will only be reached with a sustained investment in broadband infrastructure," projects like this could help boost access in underdeveloped regions. (Though we imagine the legalities over air space sovereignty may get thorny.) Google has also been exploring other ways to deliver Internet access to these areas, having conducted a trial back in March in ten school in Cape Town to deliver wireless broadband via unused "white space" TV channels.

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