Alphabet may have spun out Project Loon into its own company

From Engadget - October 13, 2017

The project aims to provide high-speed internet to areas that do not currently have access to it using self-navigating balloons. While this concept may seem a bit absurd, Alphabet has had success with Project Loon. The FCC filing in question was to assist in relief efforts in Puerto Rico -- the regulatory organization granted an "experimental license" last week, allowing Project Loon to provide emergency LTE service to the devastated island. The company is currently working on integrating with Puerto Rico's local networks.

Alphabet has a history of spinning out successful companies from under its umbrella, such as Waymo, Nest and Access. If they are indeed setting up Loon as its own company, it shows great faith in the product, despite the fact it's only been used and tested in a limited number of places.


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