It started as a weather balloon and a bunch of cobbled together spare parts to provide Wi-Fi to a rural sheep farmer in New Zealand.
Now Google’s Loon enterprise is beaming the internet to the Carolinas from 60,000 feet up:
“No, that bevy of balloons dotting flight-tracking maps 60,000 feet above the Carolinas is actually ‘beaming the internet,’ according to The New York Times.
“The balloons — chartered by Google-backed Loon — provide Wi-Fi to rural areas where internet connection is often spotty, if not nonexistent. A fleet of the balloons were released over Kenya on Tuesday, The Times reported. At least four additional balloons were also spotted bobbing from Virginia down through the Carolinas and into Georgia and Alabama.”