Facebook’s Connectivity Lab is building drones, satellites and lasers to deliver Internet access


While Google is experimenting with helium balloons for Internet access, Facebook is working on drones, satellites and lasers. The company today unveiled the Connectivity Lab, which has evolved as part of its Internet.org initiative. In a short video, the company explained the costs and shortcomings of the current system used for Internet distribution. Facebook’s Yael Maguire then explained some of its plans for satellites in low density environments, which included a combination of low earth orbital satellite systems and geosynchronous satellite systems. Multiple satellites would need to be in orbit to provide adequate coverage, so Facebook is also hoping to...

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