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Facebook to use satellites, drones to spread the Internet

Published on Mar 28, 2014 5:52 AM
 
Facebook is harnessing satellite, drone and other technology as a part of an ambitious and costly effort to beam Internet connectivity to people in underdeveloped parts of the world. -- FILE PHOTO: REUTERS

SAN FRANCISCO (REUTERS) - Facebook is harnessing satellite, drone and other technology as a part of an ambitious and costly effort to beam Internet connectivity to people in underdeveloped parts of the world.

The world's No. 1 social network said on Thursday it has hired aerospace and communications experts from NASA's Jet Propulsion Lab and its Ames Research Centre for the new "Connectivity Lab" project.

"Today, we're sharing some details of the work Facebook's Connectivity Lab is doing to build drones, satellites and lasers to deliver the Internet to everyone," Facebook chief executive Mark Zuckerberg said in a post on Facebook.

He gave few specifics and did not specify a time frame.

 
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