The big news in the online world is the potential for a new type of Internet. Essentially, this is a flying Internet connection consisting of balloons. Whilst it’s still in the very early testing stages, it raises a lot of questions as to what it is and how it could change the Internet and how we interact with it.
Here’s a full guide to what the Google Loon project is and how it could change the online world of tomorrow.
Google Loon was originally conceived five years ago when Google decided it wanted to expand the Internet. It identified significant areas of the world where nobody had access to the Internet.
It wanted to devise a way to allow anyone in the world to connect to the online world. It took so long to actually get around to building a prototype and testing it due to the immense technical obstacles faced.
How Google Loon Works
Google Loon uses a special weather balloon. Scientists made the contraption using materials which can stand up against the weather. It uses stratospheric winds to float around the sky and solar power to keep it switched on. It floats above the clouds and rises twice as high as most air traffic so it’s never out of sight of the sunshine.
Furthermore, Google Loon uses millions of balloons so there’ll always be another balloon floating along to keep the connection stable and constant.
Many remote areas in the modern world still lack a constant connection to the Internet. Significant areas of Africa and Asia still don’t have any access to the online world. These balloons would transcend boundaries and allow anyone to connect because it isn’t hampered by terrain or supply chain problems.
The sky is limitless and the balloons will be able to stand against all conditions. It would bring the world closer together than it’s ever been before.
There are two main schools of thoughts on what it could mean economically for both users and the Internet provider industry.
Users could benefit from much lower costs because of the lack of expensive infrastructure. High-cost hardware powers the servers used to keep the Internet online. A flying connection would remove the need for it and therefore cut costs.
On the other hand, many in the Internet providing industry would suffer greatly because they have essentially become obsolete. Customers would dry up and flock to this new and revolutionary method due to lower costs and the larger range.
The more cynical school of thought claims this would give Google a damaging monopoly. And it could well do. With only them having this sort of technology it would enable them to charge what they wanted and have total control over people’s access. Unless someone else generates the same technology, there’s no competition.
And no government can do anything about this sort of monopoly as it’s entirely legal and it’s purely due to clever innovation and Google’s endless supply of creativity. Only time will tell what it means for us, the common Internet user.
Samuel is an expert in Internet providers. After working at a major Internet provider for many years, he has learned a lot about DSL and what major changes like these could mean for the industry. He recommends checking out http://www.dslproviders.net/ to find out more.