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Facebook Builds Internet Satellite

Facebook Builds Internet Satellite Facebook Builds Internet Satellite
Melba Vasquez | 25 July, 2018, 23:58

The report claims that Facebook has apparently filed with the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) under the name PointView Tech LLC and the project is created to "efficiently provide broadband access to unserved and underserved areas throughout the world". Thus, the company wants to provide broadband access to underserved areas around the world.

Apart from trying hands on Facebook's self-proclaimed, long-overdue commitment to "connect the world", and bringing under-served parts of the globe online is a strategic part of Facebook's business.

Facebook Athena is still a single research project for now.

This news comes a few weeks after Facebook announced the closure of its Internet drone efforts under the Aquila project. Speaking of which, these two tech firms have similar plans as the first mentioned targets to toss 12,000 of its internet satellites - Starlinks to the low Earth orbit (LEO). "Google parent company Alphabet did the same in January of previous year, shutting down its solar-powered drone project in favour of its air balloon Wi-Fi initiative Project Loon and strategic investments in third-party satellite internet companies".

Hopefully Facebook's satellite project doesn't slip into the same download slope Aquila did.

According to a September 2017 report on broadband development, more than half the Earth population still has no access to the Internet.

SpaceX strategizes to unveil a network of satellites to offer broadband services around the planet.

The AMOS-6 satellite would provide access to the Internet in several sub-Saharan Africa areas. Back in 2014, it acquired a drone company that'd fly autonomous drones to beam Internet on the ground.

Representatives from Facebook confirmed that the working title for the companion is Athena, writes The Verge. According to exchanges in April, the same lawyer seeks a meeting to discuss his client's "small satellite experimental application" variably referred to as PointView Tech LLC or FCL Tech. Elon Musk's SpaceX and Softbank-backed OneWeb also have the same intention.

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