Google Starts Testing Project Loon

Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) plans to increase internet coverage to the 4.8 billion people around the world who are still not connected. The company has put 18 months of work into the secret project, known as Project Loon.

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The project involved using helium balloons that sailed 12 miles above the Earth and was tested in New Zealand. As many as fifty testers participated in this trial run.

One of the first testers in this group was a farmer called Nimmo. He was able to use the internet for about 15 minutes before the balloon floated out of range. The Google technicians attached a basketball-sized receiver to Nimmo’s house, so he could receive the signal.