Alphabet (Google) Grounds Loon

Episode 1764 (04:30)

Loon

Alphabet launched Project Loon, where they would bring the world broadband internet with weather balloons. It launched in 2013, and this week Google announced it was ending the program. They did use it during natural disasters in Central America and Africa, bringing short term internet to the regions during the first few days. But problems cropped up immediately as people couldn't afford the equipment, or simply wasn't interested. Then there's the fact that you can't really control the wind pushing weather balloons all over.

But Leo says the real nail in the coffin was that the SpaceX Starlink Satellite internet system will be easier to control and will cover the entire globe.