Wednesday, 19 June 2013

Broadband by Balloon

As the reality of superfast broadband for Northumberland gets ever closer (see www.iNorthumberland.org.uk) a new technology is being tested. We know that the majority of the county will be getting their broadband through the new fibre optic network that will be laid over the next two-to-three years. For those communities that will not be covered by fibre, two alternatives currently exist: wireless and satellite. However, Google has recently announced a new way of getting Internet connectivity to those hard-to-reach places: it's by balloon. See this story on the BBC News web site for details. It looks fascinating!

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