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Google plan would beam WiFi from the sky

Original post made on Jan 31, 2014

One of the latest sci-fi-esque projects to come out of Google's skunkworks is one that could replace traditional internet infrastructure with high altitude balloons beaming the net down to earth.

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Posted by Scott Hutton
a resident of Monta Loma
on Jan 31, 2014 at 8:07 am

According to the Project Loon web site (Web Link), the balloons float at an altitude of 20km (65617 feet), not 20,000 feet (which is definitely not "twice as high as planes fly"). Large airliners typically fly at around 35,000 feet except for very short flights.

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Posted by Rich
a resident of Blossom Valley
on Jan 31, 2014 at 2:56 pm

I don't see "20,000 feet" in the article, Scott, so they may have already fixed that mistake.

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Posted by LFM
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Feb 2, 2014 at 4:42 pm

As WIFI is line of sight it does not penetrate through roofs, walls and foliage so I doubt this will be any better than the failed Google Wifi project in Mountain View.

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Posted by What The
a resident of Whisman Station
on Feb 3, 2014 at 12:49 am

WiFi is one of the components of electro-smog. We're covered by this electronic radiation smog 24/7 already. This loony project seems to basically cover us with an umbrella that rains down much more powerful smog than we have from base stations, access points and cell towers today. What the $%!@?

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Posted by Mr. Big
a resident of Rex Manor
on Feb 4, 2014 at 2:55 am

Nice idea...

Now Fix Google WiFi... Partner with PepLink and get it done!

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Posted by jibzzzz
a resident of another community
on Aug 15, 2014 at 3:02 am

what if the signals emmmited from the wifi ballon interacts with the airplanes signals...isnt it danger????