Can We Really Give the Entire World Internet?

Can We Really Give the Entire World Internet?

Of all the planets in the universe that we
know of, the Earth is the only one with WiFi. Also breathable oxygen. So count your blessings. Hey there denizens of the internet, Jules
here for DNews. Unless you’re somehow watching this on a bootleg flea market DNews DVD, you
are in the top 40%, congratulations! I’m talking, of course, about people who have
internet access around the world. But unlike you lucky internet pioneers, there are another
4.3 billion people on the planet, who either have no way of accessing the web, or can’t
afford to. In fact, while Europe has a connection rate of about 75%, in Africa, that number
is closer to just 20%. So, a few technology companies have tried
to bridge that gap. First up was Google, which began testing its program in 2013. Google’s
suggestion? LTE equipped balloons. If sending WiFi capable balloons into the sky sounds
like the ravings of a lunatic, well, you’re not the only one. Which is why Google dubbed
the project “Loon.” Well that and it’s the last four letters of “balloon.” And
a Loon is a kind of bird. Sometimes those Googlers are a little too clever. Obviously there are some inherent challenges
to using balloons. Early tests had helium leaks which brought the balloon back down
to Earth after just a day or two. Current R&D is focused on keeping balloons up for
a hundred days or more, and its going pretty well. Another problem is that balloons are
not known for being easy to control, that string they’re attached to doesn’t really
take directions. So Google’s plan to control the balloons is to take advantage of the stratified
winds at different altitudes by raising and lowering the Loon as high as 20km. With a
network of hundreds of balloons all being monitored by a command center Google thinks
they can create uninterrupted wireless coverage. Plus, the balloons are solar powered. And
if you’re worried about losing internet at night when you’re trying to netflix and
chill, don’t worry, the solar panels charge up a battery to keep the chilling happening
all night. Not to be outdone, Facebook is trying to deliver
all your favorite cat videos by drone. The drone, named Aquila, which is latin for Eagle
because everything’s got to be a bird reference, is a giant flying solar powered wing. The
Aquila will use an infrared laser that pulses on and off billions of times a second to transmit
data instead of sending it over radio frequencies the way WiFi does. It’s kind of like a fiber
optic cable but without the cable. Basically facebook will literally beam memes. And if
you’re into beans, it’ll beam bean memes. But there’s a problem. Wings only work when
air is flowing over them, so, the drones need to keep moving. And since they’re solar
powered, it would be inefficient to store energy for the motors to use at night. Facebook
tackles both these problems by having the drone gain altitude during the day and gently
drift down at night. Using this technique, an Aquila can stay in the air for 90 days.
Its altitude will vary between 18 and 27 km, at least 6 km higher than commercial aircraft. Facebook’s Aquila will transmit a limited
internet service called “free basics”, which provides forecasts, job searches, and
news for free. But, obviously, nothing is really “free”. Free basics has been accused
of violating net neutrality because it limits access to Facebook’s competitors. India
actually banned the “free basics” app on those grounds in February this year. Even
the balloons have strings attached, hmm. Google controls almost 2 thirds of the search engine
market, and an influx of new users means an influx of new revenue. There is still a long
way to go before the world really has global free internet, but as long as there’s money
to be made, these projects will likely keep happening. On the other hand, if you’re sick and tired
of the internet (I get it), check out this video by Laura Ling, who visited a town that
bans cell phones and WiFi, just like its the 90s. So is having free internet worth the price
tag of playing into facebook’s or google’s master plan?

Danny Hutson

100 thoughts on “Can We Really Give the Entire World Internet?

    Not the fact that people will have free education and free internet, but the fact that GOOGLE controls it. Something smells very bad here and it's not my feet… wait it's my feet. But still, Google controlling access to Internet and education of 4.4bn people…

  2. I think recent violence is due to information overload. ie. as the net grows so will violence. just a theory.

  3. You act like oxygen matters, I'm sure if my species had evolved breathing a different gas that would be what we used. Stupid oxygen being the one that we got stuck with.

  4. filing Baloons with helium may not be smart, because helium may tunnel through the wall… This is slow, but it happens.

  5. I thought we lived in the space time and they're still using drones and balloons… Helium isn't rare and expensive btw ??
    Satellites are the way to go. Tiny satellite constellation could give internet forever

  6. What we really need is a wireless backbone. That is: I have a wireless router, you have a wireless router, that guy over there has a wireless router, everybody has a wireless router. Okay, so this is nothing new. Well, all these wireless routers search for other routers in range, and create an ad-hoc internet backbone. My LAN is private, your LAN is private, that guy's over there LAN is private. In fact, my LAN could even be wired (not wireless), but if there's enough of these routers in the country, anyone can get to any other website in the country by hopping across wireless routers. It's the backbone that's wireless, not your home LAN (unless you get a router with a wireless hotspot). This way, the big media companies (like TWC, AT&T, Verizon, Comcast, etc.) can't pay off Trump to take net neutrality away if he gets elected.

  7. How can you make a video like this without mentioning Elon Musk's plan of using thousands of small low altitude satellites to provide high bandwidth internet service?

  8. omgosh, his name is Jules & he has a Jules Verne beard! Way to rock it!
    (and he's talking about balloons…. omg)

  9. We've been able to do this since the late 40's. Nicola Tesla's the 0ne to give this credit to. 0ur govt. Stole his ideas so the public couldn't benefit from this, unless "Y0U PAY"… BECAUSE ..$$$$, IS ALL THEY GIVE A FUCK ABOUT!!!

  10. Band-Aid solution. Poor countries need physical infrastructure, not rich companies coming in and exploiting them with balloons and drones.

  11. Imagine when the 4.3 billion people get online.
    YouTube subscribers and views exploding, and a lot of new weird videos being uploaded :p

  12. 75% of Europe have access to the internet? nonsense it's far far higher than that,you must be counting very specific key points like, the % of European homes with broadband … or some other sub metric.

  13. what if one of those balloons lose control and give birth to another natgeo air crash investigation episode

  14. Balloons and drones are cool and all, but to bring internet to everyone, they'll have to litter the sky with them. Instead of that, I think either satellite or technologies like cell towers with 4G LTE will work better. In fact, I actually have faster internet on my phone than I do at home.

  15. Ooo I know where I'm going to take people I don't like. No cellular service and a quiet rundown town, easy pickings.

  16. Businesses are always trying to give more to consumers, governments are always trying to restrict what people can have. Restricted offerings like "Free Basics" isn't a problem if other businesses can compete. It's the governments that restrict competition.

  17. So…. nobody is gonna mention the O3b project, which already started and uses satellites to provide internet (at broadband speeds) to emerging countries?

  18. Great. More wireless to fry our heads and body cells. There are no free meals…………Eyes open people. No fear. Be safe everyone.

  19. One of those clickbait titles that makes me ask: "Who are we giving The Entire World Internet to?"

    Then I remembered. Oh yeah. The FBI.

  20. SMFH! You guys dont see that this is how they will track us when the New World Order starts. They're covering it up by saying they are providing internet to the world and you guys just sit back and applaud like the sheep you are.

  21. I think I read somewhere that Elon Musk is planning on doing this with satellites (well that guy has A LOT of awesome plans, it won't be a surprise if he does it).

  22. 5g space ph one corporate, already waiting for warehouse offices
    update for respond now, this depot ware offices

  23. Not only will it happen but the internet will be free costing everyone their freedoms and liberty allowing governments to watch over, control, and manipulate everything people do. I won't be here during this time period because Jesus will be coming back to retrieve his bridegroom. It could be Mystery Babylon possibly tied in to some type of holographic images being built as a city across the globe tied later on to include the mark of the beast. All things that are wicked and evil start off not being bad, but as it progresses becomes more wicked and ends with destruction.

  24. The Globe Earth (NASA Blue Marble) is a Religious Symbol used to worship Scientism;
    the One World Religion to bind them all;
    who's Theory based, Science Fiction Stories of Space, Spaceballs, and Gravity, originated before the late 1800's;
    before man created Rockets;
    before man and a few black women put Freemasons into Space, and onto the face of the Moon;
    to go where no one can go, this space ENTERPRISE.


    Heliocentricism as invented by Copernicus is used by Pope Gregory XIII to reform the calendar.

    Telescope invented

    Johannes Kepler published his Heliocentric laws of planetary motion, based on the writtings of Tycho Brahe.
    Tycho Brahe (1546-1601) died prior to the invention of the Telescope.

    Galileo Galilei, claims to see Spaceballs orbiting about one another.
    Galileo is a beneficiary of the Jesuit payroll.

    Christopher Clavius, a Jesuit at the Collegio Romano, confirms Galileo’s observations of planetary motion.
    Jesuits claim that Lights they observe through their Telescopes are in fact Spaceballs that orbit about one another.

    The reader will note, that from this point on "verifiable reality" has been replaced with Theoretical Math Equations (pretend).

    Sir Isaac Newton, invents the theory of Gravity establishing a friction-less environment required for Spaceballs to orbit about one another.

    Sir Henry Cavendish invents the MASS of the Earth and the Mass for all other Spaceballs. He was the first to calculate the gravitational constant [G], showing how Spaceballs orbit about one another in the vacuum of space.

    Jules Verne publishes, From the Earth to the Moon

    Konstantin Tsiolkovsky writes Free Space on use of jet propulsion in vacuum of space

    Konstantin Tsiolkovsky (USSR), inspired by the writings of Jules Verne, published "The Exploration of Cosmic Space by Means of Rocket Devices", showing that the man-made construct called Space was a physical place that could be explored.

    Konstantin Tsiolkovsky, is known as the founding father of astronautics

    Jesuits invent Big Bang theory (aka, Cosmic Egg or Primeval atom)

    Drawing by Tsiolkovksy for the film ‘Cosmic Voyage’ showing a cosmonaut exiting a rocket via an airlock into the vacuum of Space.
    Credit: Archive of Russian Academy of Science

    Sir Arthur C. Clarke invents geostationary satellite communications for his Science Fiction stories.

    It was Science Fiction writers who invented the properties of SPACE, SPACEBALLS and GRAVITY; these Fairy tales then entered major Universities under the guise of THEORETICAL Physics (pretend) and a New World Religion was created called SCIENTISM.

  25. your every move will be watched from space so dont have your phones out dont be smoking dope dont scratch your ass be a good little boy and girl

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  27. By providing internet to rural impoverished communities you may be giving them a voice, an education, entertainment, hope, a new perspective on life so they can see how more fortunate communities work together for a common purpose, a sense of unity, knowledge can be shared to provide what we Americans call "life hacks". Sure pornography will be a risk, so you must educate them and ultimately the choice is theirs.

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