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Google has been hiring new staff from satellite companies in an effort to get its space internet scheme off the ground. The project is reportedly being run by Greg Wyler, who founded satellite startup O3b Networks. O3b, in whom Google has invested, has been experimenting with 1,500-pound satellites, but people familiar with the project say the devices Google intends to use will weigh less than 250 pounds. The WSJ's sources say the costs for the venture could top $3 billion as Google makes tweaks to the network and revises the number of satellites it needs to offer internet in unconnected parts of the world.
Speaking to the Wall Street Journal, a Google spokesperson suggested the company's efforts were altruistic. "Internet connectivity significantly improves people's lives. Yet two thirds of the world have no access at all." But there's also a financial reason to offer these two thirds a reliable way to get online. If at least one of the methods — balloon, drone, or satellite — can successfully offer high-speed internet to underserved parts of the world, then Google will also be in a position to offer its products and services to vast new markets.
originally posted by: elementalgrove
Google is a very disturbing entity! Never will I ever own a pair of google glasses!
originally posted by: Phage
a reply to: Wrabbit2000
Oh, yeah, there is THAT little detail to add to the pure altruism, huh?
Sorry? Refresh my memory please. Who said Google's motives were purely altruistic?
Have you ever come across the term enlightened self interest?
originally posted by: Willtell
I doubt they will give us anything FREE. The corporate masters wouldn’t allow that in this era.
Google is just one of the “chosen” that is to be among the select few corporate masters who will inherit the power in the age where the massive consolidation will take place.
Google, Wall Mart, Microsoft, ATT, etc., and others amongst probably 300 super corporations
THE NEW GODS!
Google will also be in a position to offer its products and services to vast new markets.