Drones are the future – in more ways than one. While they
can deliver packages and record breathtaking views, they may soon give you free internet connections. Yes, there
have been many projects over the past few years aiming to do just that. Companies
such as Facebook and Google have been working on a massive drone that can be
portable Wi-Fi hotspots.
In theory, these drones (the size of airplanes) can move
from city to city for years. Everyone within range of these drones can receive
an internet signal, which can in turn end the reign of service providers.
A Free Internet
With seemingly everyone having their own mobile device, a
free connection to the internet would be the futuristic goal. Instead of having
to pay monthly subscriptions for limited
data, people would rather flock to areas offering free Wi-Fi. This strategy
is so popular that in fact, businesses who offer free Wi-Fi have more foot
traffic on them.
For a lot of places, internet connections can be tough. They
can be slow, limited, or expensive. Internet service subscription can be very
expensive. They can also be very slow. These subscriptions, especially on
mobile, also often have data
restrictions. Going over the download cap would mean a very slow service –
if not a disconnection altogether.
Problems Solved with
Maintenance can also mean hours, days, or even weeks without
a stable internet connection. For rural areas, these issues compound immensely.
A free internet connection, provided by a drone flying overhead, can be the
future we need. It can provide high-speed wireless connections. This means fewer chances of errors and abruptions caused by
wiring and location.
With options more available to the public, this can even
release the stranglehold of internet providers. Today, you see contracts and plans
to access steady internet – all at very expensive rates. With these drones as
new players, change may soon come.