Internet balloon – AG WEST INFORMATION NETWORK

internet balloon

Broadband and broadband internet to rural areas. How many times have I seen articles, emails, conferences with people like Presidents Trump and Biden, agriculture secretaries, and the list goes on. It’s a challenge. Getting high-speed Internet in remote rural areas can be very difficult. Hills, valleys, mountains, long distances between houses and farms. These can make it almost impossible to route fiber there. And wireless has its issues too, so how can these rural places get high-speed internet? A possible answer. An 80-foot tethered balloon. A ball. Yes. Dr. Johnny Park, of an Indiana nonprofit group that promotes innovation, told the House AG committee that they were testing the internet by balloon called an aerostat. And it’s FAA-approved to fly 1,500 feet in the air from a farm field in White County, Indiana. Tied in one place by a fiber cable. And it has a two hundred pound payload capacity that allows it to carry multiple wireless communication devices and at 1500 feet, no line of sight issues. And it can provide high speed internet within 10-15 miles. Dr. Park says this is an unusual approach. It could, however, be a way to accelerate the adoption of peak broadband in remote areas. And that’s still our main goal.