Deflating Rumors Of Google Offering Broadband-By-Balloon
from the head-in-the-clouds dept
While they tend to generate plenty of attention, they tend not to be particularly practical. The stratellite folks have been particularly egregious in issuing press releases that gullible reporters fall for every six months or so. The WSJ story about these balloons seems even more ridiculous in terms of practicality: the balloons only stay afloat for 24-hours, before they burst and the transmitter floats to the ground, where it needs to be recovered and then relaunched. Seriously. Yet, the WSJ says that Google may be interested in buying this company, offering nothing to back that up other than "people familiar with the matter." This reads like a story placed by the company itself trying to drum up interest. I don't doubt that folks from Google may have met with the company, but it seems like a stretch to think that they're seriously interested in sending up balloons with data transmitters every 24-hours. Then again, who would have thought they'd send around people in cars taking photos of everything. It just seems that Google's interest should have a bit more evidence behind it before taking it seriously.