Google and Facebook cancel satellite plans

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The competition cools down? Facebook and Google have both cancelled their plans to build satellite systems to provide global internet access.

It appears Google pulled out earlier this year, while Facebook’s decision was revealed today. Google however remains a partner in Skybox, a space imaging company, as well as O3b, which is trying to provide internet using satellites.


One comment

  • pzatchok

    I wonder if its over the changing internet regulations and management.

    Now that the internet is basically not being managed from inside or by the US maybe their satellite system could be shutdown by the new managers on a whim.
    And whats the possible profit if you constantly have to bribe a group of people to let you keep making a very marginal profit on a project you really only intended to bring bout out of altruism?

    They couldn’t be planning on making much profit off of south American jungle tribes and African cattle herders. And really those are the last type of peoples who have no access to the internet yet.

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