The Reach of the Internet

Today the world is more connected than ever, the number of those who do not have access to the internet in some form dwindles every year. However, this number in ways can never fully disappear given certain current environmental and sociopolitical factors within the confines of our current approach to the infrastructure and how we believe the internet is delivered in its most basic sense. consider the island networks along the Pacific Ocean, or the mountainous remote regions of the Himalayas, or the deep jungles of Brazil, or the vast grassed plains of the Mongolian step, as you can see a list of this this level of difficulty in terms of creating the initial infrastructure being the construction  of large towers and immense networks that are both land intensive in their usage they are also extremely difficult in these regions where the population is much more likely hot-air-balllllloonto be dispersed and the finical prospects are more sparse and do not justify development of this scale. This is unfortunate for the affected regions and the people who are unable to hear from them more easily and the specifics of their world picture and regional wisdom.

There didn’t seem to be a silver lining in this story until google announced the development of its ambitious and extremely innovative project loon initiative. Their hope is to relieved high speed and reliable internet to billions in the world who have never before had access to it. The plan was to launch hundreds of helium filled balloons in to the stratosphere 20 km into the air. to give you some perspective this is reaching heights twice as high as any commercial liner would ever travel. each balloon is equipped with a boxy gondola type system that is solar powered and a complex aray of electronics. many of these when connected virtually create an array where by the strength and range of the signal is greatly increases. this is achieved through a radio link, which at that altitude there is very little interferencebvf.

the goal is to deliver internet to 60 percent of the land mass of the earth. this would include no less than 4.3 billion people who live in rule places and telecommunication companies as we stated prior cannot accommodate these regions. there has been about 3 years of testing off the balloons by google and they have also flown something in the ball park of 3 million kilometers. The hope in some respects is the obvious economic benefit to google and the regions affected.  But this will also have a world changing affect on the worlds poorest regions. This technology will change the world.

There are still several problems that face the implementation that need to be addressed when considering providing internet to the world. It is all well and good to have access to the internet but means nothing if you do not have the means to do so (i.e. a modern wifi capable computer. This is still a huge barrier but with the cost of computers drooping everyday this is clearly a step in the right direction for humanity.

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