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FCC gives Google's broadband balloons 'experimental license' in Puerto Rico

Alphabet's Project Loon broadband balloons will be allowed to attempt broadband services in Puerto Rico, as the unincorporated United States territory continues to recover from hurricane damage. Project Loon uses balloons that reach around 65,000 feet above sea level, from where they beam LTE signals back to Earth. The …
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Space Data dudes say Google lifted Loon balloon tune

Google parent company Alphabet has been hit with a lawsuit that claims the Mountain View ads giant stole the idea for its Project Loon network. Space Data Corporation of Chandler, Arizona, claims that it holds patents covering a system for using balloons to carry broadband antennae to power a wireless data network. It has …
Shaun Nichols, 15 Jun 2016
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Goa grabs Google, whispers 'come here, you Loon'

The Indian state of Goa wants to attract Google to the region for its Project Loon balloon broadband trials. The news comes as the Chocolate Factory gets close to agreement with Indian carrier BSNL about spectrum sharing. India's national government has long shown an interest in Loon. In November 2015, the minister in charge …
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Inside Project Loon – Google's megaplan to build a global internet

Google I/O 2016 Google's I/O developer conference isn't just about code – the Chocolate Factory has many schemes and attendees have been drawn to a large balloon hovering in a corner of the conference venue. The balloon is an example of Project Loon, Google's plan to loft thousands of balloons equipped with LTE antennae that will bring …
Iain Thomson, 19 May 2016
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Project Loon ready for Sri Lanka test

Weeks after being released in South America, Alphabet's Project X windbag-broadband balloons have reached their Sri Lanka test area. Last year, Google's parent company and Sri Lanka's minister for foreign affairs, telecommunications and IT Mangala Samaraweera promised that the country's first trial of Project Loon would happen …
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Loons in balloons: Google asks FCC to approve Net plan

Large balloons firing data are nothing to worry about, Google has told the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) in its latest license application. The people behind Project Loon, Google’s floating internet platform announced in June 2013, have successfully tested the system across the world and now want the silver machines …
Iain Thomson, 29 Jan 2016
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Is it a Loon or is it a drone? Google seeks experimental radio license in US

Google's asked the United States' Federal Communications Commission (FCC) to let it play with millimetre-wave technology America-wide for two years. In a filing that's sparked “Project Loon coming to America?” speculation, the company has filed a heavily-redacted request with the FCC for permission to run unspecified …
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Gods' own broadband: Loon option for DEITY

Alphabet has its eye on its next billion, reportedly holding meetings in India to get Project Loon off the ground. The country's IT minister, responsible for the gloriously-named DEITY (Department of Electronics and Information Technology), expressed his interest in the project late last week. The move would add India to the …
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Alphabet spells 'Loon' for Indonesia

Project Loon, the once-Google-now-Alphabet broadband balloon project, is to be trialled in Indonesia next year. The company has announced it's secured cooperation with the populous island nation's three mobile operators – Telkomsel, XL Axiata, and Indosat – to run the tests. Project Loon veep Mike Cassidy blogs that the …
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Google says Loony broadband balloons are 'nearly perfect'

Google is promising that its Project Loon balloon-broadband initiative is ready to go and wants to announce its first operator partners in Africa soon. Last Friday, Google [x] regional business lead Wael Fakharany told the GSMA Mobile 360 conference in South Africa the company has “almost perfected” the Loon technology. …
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Sri Lanka braves monsoon with Loon broadband balloons

Service to launch just weeks before monsoon hits, complete with rain and wind a-plenty Sri Lanka has signed up for broadband services delivered by Google's “Project Loon” broadband balloons. The Indian ocean nation's minister for foreign affairs, telecommunications and IT Mangala Samaraweera this week took to the stage …
Simon Sharwood, 31 Jul 2015

Google's broadband-in-the-sky goes TITAN-ic

After a couple of years of selective reveals to favoured media, Google has made an uncharacteristic to-all-comers announcement about its broadband plans at Mobile World Congress in Barcelona. The Chocolate Factory bought drone-maker Titan Aerospace in 2014, and has told the conference its solar-powered drones will be carrying …
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French space agency teams with Google for broadband balloons

France's space agency, the Centre National d'Etudes Spatiales (CNES), will team with Google to advance the Project Loon broadband balloons project. As CNES points out, France has been messing around with balloons since the 1960s. Today the CNES has 60 staff working with balloons, the world's second-largest such program after …
Simon Sharwood, 14 Dec 2014
The Project Loon team prepares solar panels, electronics and balloon envelopes for launch as the sun rises in New Zealand.

That's no plane wreck, that's a Google Wi-Fi balloon

Emergency Services in New Zealand town today scrambled to assist what they thought was a downed plane, but actually turned out to be one of Google's Project Loon WiFi-beaming balloons. Project Loon is Google's attempt to become an ISP of sorts by floating balloons over parts of the world where internet access is not often …
Simon Sharwood, 20 Jun 2014
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Hey, operators... 'member our edge-of-SPAAACE interwebs balloons? Help! - Google

Having failed to license spectrum around the globe, Google is now talking to mobile operators to make its Loon project work. Loon is Google’s attempt to provide internet connectivity in rural areas through, er, balloons sent up to the stratosphere. The revelation came in a presentation from Google X labs' Eric "Astro" Teller …
Simon Rockman, 9 May 2014

Zucker punched: Google gobbles Facebook-wooed Titan Aerospace

Updated Web giant Google is buying Titan Aerospace, presumably to help it blanket the world in internet connectivity beamed from drones and balloons. The acquisition was reported by the WSJ on Monday, and will see the Titan Aerospace team work with Google's "Project Loon" group which makes high-altitude balloons for dispensing cheap …
Jack Clark, 14 Apr 2014
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Google's SWOLLEN WINDBAGS circle PLANET, dispensing INTERWEBS

With a name like Project Loon, you would expect Google's scheme to be a bit bonkers, but the Chocolate Factory's madcap plan to bring internet connectivity to remote areas using balloons appears to have paid off after one of the devices circumnavigated the globe in just 22 days. Project Loon is the name for Mountain View's …
Jasper Hamill, 4 Apr 2014
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Chocolate Factory plans Oz Loon trials: reports

Reports are emerging that Google is pressing ahead with its Project Loon, and has approached Australian carriers to test the balloon-based-broadband idea in Tasmania. According to The Australian, the Chocolate Factory has woken up to the regulatory challenges it's likely to face in accessing the spectrum it needs to beam its …

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