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[Neowin] Facebook confirms plans to offer Internet access via solar-powered air drones

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Facebook has now confirmed previous rumors that it plans to provide Internet access to regions that are not currently connected via a series of solar-powered air drones. Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg wrote a post on his own page announcing that the company had hired "key members" from a company called Ascenta to help in those efforts.

Zuckerberg's post stated their new employees "created early versions of Zephyr, which became the world’s longest flying solar-powered unmanned aircraft." A page on the Internet.org site offers up some more information on Facebook's efforts, under its Connecting Labs division.
Joining into Google's ideology providing better/free internet for all, I love that they're providing these services but still not enough people have web active devices in most of the areas they're supporting, even though Google has handed some out.
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Not if they don't get FAA approval to fly those drones in controlled air-space.

This is just like Amazons wishful thinking of using drones for delivery services.

Advertising Hype, FB has to make back all the money they just spent on two acquisitions.
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Drones are here to stay, buddy. Too many applications for them. In the end, money and power is what talks. Not "controlled air space" regulations.

I'd bet my life on that statement.
 
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cool people starving in some remote village will have internet access.
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cool people starving in some remote village will have internet access.

Hey, Facebook is a great way to advertise your starving village to the world! Gotta work on getting those UN Aid packages. tongue.gif
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Hey, Facebook is a great way to advertise your starving village to the world! Gotta work on getting those UN Aid packages. tongue.gif

Ha ha, they could just send the UN snapchats of their empty food bowls tongue.gif
     
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Drones are here to stay, buddy. Too many applications for them.
Yeah, most likely part of the reason the FAA said "nope" to every business and private person/entity that are not Law Enforcement and Military.

Unless controlled by these offices and agencies that monitor and control multi-altitude air craft, I don't see this becoming a reality on a consumer level any time in the next 20 years. And, if the FAA ever flips on their decision before than, I'll eat my hat!

Edit: This is just another way FB can get people talking about FB.

Why not WiFi by satellite? There is a company already trying to do that.
Edited by PDXMark - 3/28/14 at 1:39pm
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Actually I think their greatest obstacles will be idiots trying to knock their drones out of the air.
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Actually I think their greatest obstacles will be idiots trying to knock their drones out of the air.
Iran put the tech to knock drones out of the sky on the net a few years back. Still findable.
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