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Mar 1, 2014

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Free WiFi Internet for Everyone

A US company has started a project to broadcast free WiFi Internet signals to the whole world with satellites. It is expected that this will be completed by the end of next year.

Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) is a US based technology company which is planning to provide free and unrestricted Wi-Fi internet service to everyone on Earth through its “Outernet” project. Hundreds of miniature satellites will be launched into low Earth orbit by June 2015. These satellites will broadcast wireless signals to mobile phones, tablets and computers globally. It is expected that this free WiFi Internet service will be available till the end of year 2015. 

MDIF plans to ask NASA to test their Outernet technology on the International Space Station so that they can begin broadcasting Wi-Fi to the world. This technology will work much like signals of Television and Radio which are freely available for everyone, but with a broader coverage due to the use of satellites. 

The company is hoping to raise tens of millions of dollars in donations for this project to launch cubesat satellites. These satellites will receive data from a network of ground stations across the globe and then broadcast to end users. Only 40% of the world's population currently has access to the Internet.

This will allow people to reduce their reliance on costly internet plans. There will be uncensored internet access to everyone. Global notifications will be sent during emergencies and natural disasters. Though in the beginning, data will be sent unidirectional but in future two-way internet will be offered to everyone free.

'We have a very solid understand of the costs involved, as well as experience working on numerous spacecraft,' said Project Lead of Outernet Syed Karim. 'There isn't a lot of raw research that is being done here; much of what is being described has already been proven by other small satellite programs and experiments. There's really nothing that is technically impossible to this'. But at the prospect of telecoms operators trying to shut the project down before it gets off the ground, Karim said: 'We will fight... and win.'

In this year, the Outernet project aims to begin deploying prototype satellites to test their technology. They will also make a request to NASA to test their technology on the International Space Station.
In 2015, manufacturing and launching of these satellites will be started. And in June 2015 the company will begin broadcasting the Outernet from space.

You can find more information about this project on its website 


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