Google Loon is a project to bring the Internet to forgotten corners of the globe using balloons. Will it fly?
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Google's Project Loon may sound crazy, but it has a lofty mission: To bridge the gap between the Internet haves and have-nots.
By using balloons. Really.
Google figures that for each person that can get online, there are at least two who can't. That's almost 5 billion people without access to the Internet. And many of those who can't get online are in rural areas where installing fiber-optic cables or accessing the Internet via satellites is prohibitively expensive.
That's why Google Loon was in Christchurch, New Zealand, on Saturday doing their first big test of the concept.