Loon internet by Google
Here comes a new exciting project by Google aimed at connecting to the internet as many people as possible. It seems that Google is trying to dent the monopoly of the state as the sole internet provider. Imagine a situation when the government cuts off the internet in a crisis or war zone to block people’s access to the social networking sites, Google may provide an alternative to it.
Here is what Google says about this initiative: “Many of us think of the Internet as a global community. But two-thirds of the world’s population does not yet have Internet access. Project Loon is a network of balloons traveling on the edge of space, designed to connect people in rural and remote areas, help fill coverage gaps, and bring people back online after disasters.”
Balloons may be a cheaper option than satellites. They can make internet accessible to everyone if there will be more internet balloons. Such projects can help a lot of people around the world
On the other hand, there are a lot of people in Africa, Asia and South America who have no means to buy a computer. They don’t really need to have the stable internet connection. This dynamic might change with time, when cheap laptops would become more accessible.
What do you think about it?