Discuss: Google's Internet through Balloons

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December 12, 2014 at 05:51:10
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Hi all,

This week's poll question is about news that Google's Loon Internet via balloon project has reached the "analysis and upgrade" phase. Discuss here if you think Google's plans to give Internet to all can work, and, if you like, the poll results themselves.

Thanks,
Justin


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#1
December 12, 2014 at 06:32:25
I don't know enough about the technology to know if it is practical. I have read the issue is hang time for the balloons. I would say that if Google can get that to work reliably it will be beneficial to many folks.

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#2
December 12, 2014 at 16:27:16
It'll work until some silly bugger drops the balloon with a drone!

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#3
December 13, 2014 at 06:15:01
Are they also going to provide everyone with a device to access the loon net? and the means to keep it charged up? I suppose we did something similar in Australia last century with our "School of The Air" which was a radio network that enabled children in remote areas to get an education without having to leave home. The radio sets were powered by a pedal operated generator. This obviously pre-dates solar panels. The real question is whether it is socially responsible to provide a 10 inch tablet and solar panel for Loon access, to a person who lacks running water or enough food.

Goin' Fishin' (Some day)


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#4
December 13, 2014 at 10:44:20
I don't think the technology is aimed at those without running water or enough food. There are plenty of places on the globe that lack Internet coverage despite having the basic necessities. And the value during a disaster, when other means of communication have been disrupted, would be immense.

Let's not knock Google for trying to make a contribution to the world even if they aren't solving the problems of the starving. Every contribution helps.


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