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Facebook's grand plan for global WiFi takes flight

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>> Is the sun shining on the future of Internet everywhere? Facebook, the social media company working hard to get the world connected, saying it completed its first successful solar powered plane flight. CEO Mark Zuckerberg announcing that on his Facebook page, adding that the plane, called Aquila, will be able to beam internet to remote parts of the world and eventually break the record for longest unmanned aircraft flight.
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Reuters global tech editor Jonathan Weber.>> There are concerns in a lot of developing countries that Facebook, under the guise of providing Internet connectivity, is really just trying to get people signed up for Facebook. And so there are concerns about cultural imperialism, about Facebook kind of taking over these markets.
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So Google also has a plan that is aimed at the same goals, really, to bring Internet to places that don't have it. And their plan involves balloons, so high altitude balloons which will beam Internet.>> Zuckerberg says the goal is to get a fleet of these planes flying together at 60,000 feet and staying aloft for months at a time.
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And eventually get Internet access to more of the 4 billion people who are offline today.