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It what could probably be called one of the coolest ideas yet, Google is now actively testing a system that would deliver Internet access to people living in isolated areas using high-tech solar powered balloons that float 20 kilometers up in the stratosphere.
The program is called Loon For All and will supply wireless Internet access using an amazing combination of old technology (helium filled balloons) and cutting edge developments that include solar power, 3G level access, and an ability to control the balloons to some degree. Google noted that some two-thirds of the world’s population does not have Internet access and this program, once brought into widespread use, will help solve that problem. It can also help people hit by disasters to get back online quickly.
To see the Loon website, click here.