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This company aims to provide it:

"A project being incubated by the Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) has ambitious plans to beam WiFi to everyone on the planet for free.

The organizations says that it is planning a project called "Outernet," which will utilize a satellite constellation to make Internet universally-accessible and for no cost.

Read more at http://www.redorbit.com/news/space/1113072972/free-wifi-around-the-world-from-space-021714/#8zeyoH5RlV2vUTRU.99"​

Free WiFi To The World From Space - Space News - redOrbit
 

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That's the best new of the year...but it seems too good to be true. Who are going to pay for that?....yes I read about what they say about it but I am not convinced.

There are some places in Europe where in many places you have free internet provided by some companies.....really slow. The same companies will provide you on the spot with fast internet...for a price. It seems to me that probably it will end up like that. Not bad, better than nothing and a sure way for that company to have a profit it it is a world wide one.
 

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And at the end of the article

"Outernet is asking for contributions to the project of any size, which will all be 100 percent tax-deductible."

So it isn't really free, someone always pays. I'm not sure a smartphone has enough transmit power to reach a low earth satellite. I think the signal lost at 2.4ghz for 10 miles is 124db, 100 mw is 20 dbm, so your signal at 10 miles is -104 db. Low earth orbit is around 99 miles up. Pretty sure the numbers don't work.

Also what kind of Doppler effect is there for for signals transmitted from a low earth satellite? Those
birds are flying by at a pretty good clip. You think your smartphone has a tracking loop to take the frequency shift out?
 

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And at the end of the article

"Outernet is asking for contributions to the project of any size, which will all be 100 percent tax-deductible."

So it isn't really free, someone always pays. I'm not sure a smartphone has enough transmit power to reach a low earth satellite. I think the signal lost at 2.4ghz for 10 miles is 124db, 100 mw is 20 dbm, so your signal at 10 miles is -104 db. Low earth orbit is around 99 miles up. Pretty sure the numbers don't work.

Also what kind of Doppler effect is there for for signals transmitted from a low earth satellite? Those
birds are flying by at a pretty good clip. You think your smartphone has a tracking loop to take the frequency shift out?
That's where they'll make their money: the wifi is free, but you have to buy their phone/tech. I think it's called "Gillette's Law: Give them the razor, sell them the blades." :)
 

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Read more carefully. This is one-way wi-fi. They are basically going to be broadcasting shows, news, whatever. You will not be able to connect and surf the web, or send e-mail, or anything else like that. In the end, no more useful than any one of the satellite radio systems.
 

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Read more carefully. This is one-way wi-fi. They are basically going to be broadcasting shows, news, whatever. You will not be able to connect and surf the web, or send e-mail, or anything else like that. In the end, no more useful than any one of the satellite radio systems.
I read it a little differently:

Essentially the beginning of the project will see to it that these devices will be able to access some of this basic information for free. Eventually, Outernet says it will be providing two-way Internet access for free, meaning not only will it be allowing everyone to download this useful data, but they will be able to use this global WiFi service to upload things as well.
 

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Read more carefully. This is one-way wi-fi. They are basically going to be broadcasting shows, news, whatever. You will not be able to connect and surf the web, or send e-mail, or anything else like that. In the end, no more useful than any one of the satellite radio systems.
I was really excited about this too, especially based on what I currently pay for internet access (the term "highway robber" always comes to mind...) But then I read that they would only broadcast a list of websites. If it's only a limited number of websites (I guessing like Amazon, Ebay, Google, Yahoo, etc, and not smaller websites like Sailnet or Drudge, or even smaller websites like Pinnacle Displays), then they shouldn't be calling this "the internet"! The internet means everything, not just a few big websites. On top on that, now I see a comment above that it is only one way as well. What good is that? People use the internet to interact.
I don't see this going very far in it's current form, but maybe I don't understand it.
 

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It will never happen. The governments of the world will unite to quash this; they will never give up their control over what people can see and hear..
 

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It's not governments that will quash it. It is the laws of physics. Ain't gonna happen. Not the way you're thinking. As Captainmeme pointed out, the numbers don't work.

They hope to eventually be able to handle some sorts of uploads. What does that mean? I can guarantee you that it doesn't mean surfing the web. Maybe, someday, if you have enough money to buy the right equipment, you will be able to send them an e-mail, about the same as you can do right now with Iridium or Globalstar. Other than that, this is never going to be anything more than broadcasting a few websites. Big deal.
 

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It will never happen. The governments of the world will unite to quash this; they will never give up their control over what people can see and hear..
HUH ??? OK, maybe in places like North Korea, perhaps... :)

If that is true, care to explain why the US government ALREADY permits free WiFi at every freakin' McDonalds in the USA, to name but one example? Or, why there are probably hundreds of thousands of open WiFi hotspots around the globe at present? When ARE the governments of the world finally going to "unite to quash" this threat to their "control" that already exists, once and for all?

Is this sort of initiative just one more example of our government's effort to control or limit access to what American citizens can see, or hear?

http://www.whitehouse.gov/the-press...n-win-future-through-expanded-wireless-access
 

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Does anyone else think its an odd coincidence that this project for free wifi pops up while there is a conversation in the news on how expensive wifi is in the US? Maybe its just me but coffee is my friend and my name is Jerry, from the movie Conspiracy Theory, Mel Gibson,
Patrick Stewart. I think its just another scam to part us from our money.
 

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Worth keeping an eye on though would work great into the frugal cruisers budget.
Also could prove rather useful with the right data acessable for free downloads like a marine forecast. For the area you may be operating in at the time. Helpful tool for passages
 

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Worth keeping an eye on though would work great into the frugal cruisers budget.
Also could prove rather useful with the right data acessable for free downloads like a marine forecast. For the area you may be operating in at the time. Helpful tool for passages
It wasn't too far fetched as in the late 1990's I had a contract with Lockheed Martin/NASA at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and I was to provide the systems engineering for the Kitsler 2 Stage Rocket and this was a collaboration with Microsoft company to provide a cost effective launch platform to get over 300 Internet satellites into low Earth orbit with the direct result of doing just this... whether it was free internet or paid was not even dreamed of... but Microsoft was ahead of the ball on wifi and the internet. Due to cost over runs and government meddling the program was shelved... it was a beautiful rocket and program and hated for it to be cancelled.

Here is the write up:

Lockheed Delivers Kistler Fuel Tank



Kistler by the way is a company in Washington State that are specialists in transducers and aerospace/military sensors.
 

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It wasn't too far fetched as in the late 1990's I had a contract with Lockheed Martin/NASA at Michoud Assembly Facility in New Orleans and I was to provide the systems engineering for the Kitsler 2 Stage Rocket and this was a collaboration with Microsoft company to provide a cost effective launch platform to get over 300 Internet satellites into low Earth orbit with the direct result of doing just this... whether it was free internet or paid was not even dreamed of... but Microsoft was ahead of the ball on wifi and the internet. Due to cost over runs and government meddling the program was shelved... it was a beautiful rocket and program and hated for it to be cancelled.

Here is the write up:

Lockheed Delivers Kistler Fuel Tank



Kitsler by the way is a company in Washington State that are specialists in transducers and aerospace/military sensors.
Yep it was a shame but it will happen eventually BTW I live next to the Puget sound naval shipyard in washington
 

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No such thing as a free lunch.

There are cost involved that somebody has to pay. McDonalds free wifi is not free, it gets charged out in every sandwich you buy.

Furthermore, nobody would do this for free. Somebody is going to make money somehow from this scheme if it ever actually flies, especially since many people would pay to have Internet anywhere they might be, for example at sea.
 

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Yep it was a shame but it will happen eventually BTW I live next to the Puget sound naval shipyard in washington
Marine View Drive all the way to the Everett marina and to my slip... glad they leveled that old mill... got a good view of the naval ships and view of Whidbey Island, I seen the construction crews tearing that facility down... the only thing left is the Milltown Yacht Club as the namesake.
 

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I think this could work and be paid by advertisers as they will promote the very products that will reached by millions if not billions of people, that is one major incentive to get these systems up and running.
 

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HUH ??? OK, maybe in places like North Korea, perhaps... :)

If that is true, care to explain why the US government ALREADY permits free WiFi at every freakin' McDonalds in the USA, to name but one example? Or, why there are probably hundreds of thousands of open WiFi hotspots around the globe at present? When ARE the governments of the world finally going to "unite to quash" this threat to their "control" that already exists, once and for all?

Is this sort of initiative just one more example of our government's effort to control or limit access to what American citizens can see, or hear?

President Obama Details Plan to Win the Future through Expanded Wireless Access | The White House
Pretty simple; because they can control what that freakin' McDonalds wifi connects to (or monitor everybody's traffic), if they choose to. A system of independent, unregulated internet, would not be acceptable to any government I know of.
 
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