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The Entire Country of Sri Lanka is About to Get Balloon-Based Internet, Thanks to Google

“Project Loon” will make Sri Lanka the first nation on earth to enjoy complete, coast-to-coast 3G coverage.

image via google/project loon

The island nation of Sri Lanka has just signed a major contract to become the first country on earth to enjoy complete, nationwide 3G internet coverage, and they’re doing it all with balloons. Yes, balloons. Specifically, 13 of them, floating high above the Indian Ocean, bobbing in the stratosphere, to ensure the entire country of over 21 million people can get online.

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Cuba Gets its First Free, Public Wi-Fi Spot

A Havana cultural arts center attracts web-hungry teens.

Photo by Flickr user Gordon McDowell.

Cubans can now too enjoy the experience of waiting 15 minutes to load a single cat video over a free public Wi-Fi connection. A Havana cultural center recently began offering the country’s first known free, public internet service—and it’s already a hit with web-hungry teens and local youths.

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The Federal Communications Commission convened this morning and voted 3-2 to approve new rules that would enforce net neutrality, protecting the open internet from the vile intentions of our corporate overlords. The regulations will prevent Internet service providers from speeding up traffic to sites that would pay for the service, or slowing down traffic for those that don’t (a practice called “throttling”). This also prohibits them from prioritizing content from their own partners. This is a big bummer for Internet service providers, and all their corporate friends, because if there’s one thing multibillion dollar corporations need it’s more economic perks.

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