UPDATE Inside Towers reported on Google’s Loon Balloon project a few months ago; the project aims to provide high-speed internet connectivity to rural areas by flying giant balloons in the air at an altitude of 12.5 miles, covering an area of 50-miles in diameter. Essentially, this program could provide internet access to half the world’s population that lacks connectivity. But now, Project Loon is facing a lawsuit.
Phoenix, Arizona-based Space Data sued
Alphabet’s “moonshot” X division last summer over Project Loon. Space
Data alleged patent infringement, misappropriation of trade secrets, and
breach of contract related to a failed acquisition bid in 2008,
And then last month, they upped the ante, convincing the U.S. Patent
and Trademark Office to cancel most of Project Loon’s foundational
patents. Continue Reading