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Internet everywhere – using drones, solar and lasers

Facebook is gearing up to provide internet connectivity to more than 4 billion people who are not yet online – the problem to solve is accessibility.
10 percent of the world’s population lives in remote locations with no internet infrastructure, and the kinds of infrastructure technologies used everywhere else — things like fiber-optic cable, microwave repeaters and cell towers — may be a challenge to deploy cost-effectively in these regions.

That’s where Facebook's Connectivity Lab comes in. The goal is to accelerate the development of a new set of technologies that aims to drastically change the economics of deploying internet infrastructure.

So how does one do this you might ask? – well one approach is a high-altitude, long-endurance aircraft equipped with laser communications.

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