The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Google is considering either buying or partnering with Space Data Corp. The company is known for providing wireless networks via giant balloons, which combined with that 700 MHz spectrum could mean free wireless access with incredible coverage.
The balloon network option is also significantly cheaper than the traditional approach of towers – Space Data Corp believes they can cover the entire country with a mere 370 balloons. Such a feat would take roughly 22,000 towers using traditional methods. Wow.
The possibility of a country-wide Google wireless network (hopefully complete with free access) is an incredible thought. It would finally provide cell phone and internet access to people who live in rural areas as well as provide a great alternative to today’s services. A deal like this would keep Google on top for a long time to come.