Testing could come in a year
With early estimates coming from Facebook, that U.S. tests are just a year out, it makes you wonder how long ago this project began. The company even predicts the drones will be deployed over underdeveloped countries in the next three to five years. They have even picked out the first 21 places they would like to put them in order to connect Latin America, Asia and Africa. The company went on to say that it will rely on charities to run the equipment once it's been made.
So, it looks like Facebook is going to really connect the entire world.
Wait. Just a second. Another tech giant is said to be working on a similar project. Search engine and everything-else-under-the-Sun provider Google purchased Titan Aerospace earlier this year - a company that builds solar-powered drones that fly for multiple years. And they did so, right while Facebook was in negotiations with Titan regarding their own drone project that we've been discussing.
A Google spokesperson said, "It’s still early days, but atmospheric satellites could help bring Internet access to millions of people, and help solve other problems, including disaster relief and environmental damage like deforestation."
While it might be a race to see who get there first, I am OK if it eventually leads to a world full of people who can listen to The Kim Komando Show, or watch video in Kim's Club, whenever they like.