Is Google's balloon-based broadband full of hot air?

06/17/2013 | GigaOm

Google last week launched Project Loon, an unconventional attempt to expand global Internet access by connecting a test bed of 50 users to 30 balloons that were released in New Zealand, the company announced on its blog. "We believe that it might actually be possible to build a ring of balloons, flying around the globe on the stratospheric winds, that provides Internet access to the earth below," Google said, adding that speeds would be similar to 3G wireless networks. Google conceded that the technology was "experimental" but insisted the science behind the idea was sound.

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