If Elon Musk’s Plan Works, There Will Be Free WiFi For Everyone On The Planet
Alicia ThornePublished in January 2020 / Updated in December 2020
How much do you pay for internet? Ever imagined a day when you would pay nothing to use the web as you like regardless of where you are?
No? This fantasy might be a dream come true sooner than you think.
Elon Musk Is Already Working On Free Internet For The World
Hate him or love him, Elon Musk is a bona fide genius with exceptional business skills.
He has risen from the very bottom to become one of the most powerful forces in global business. His story has been told and retold over the years.
Another thing has stood out about him: he likes to change the world with his ideas.
For instance, he tried to set up a way for us to travel to Mars, an idea that attracted more than its fair share of criticism.
I know you are probably saying that Facebook has had plans to offer the world free internet in the past. A plan that failed.
Why would this be any different? First of all, he’s pretty serious about it.
There Is Obvious A Connection Between This Idea And His Nikola Tesla Project
Under this project, he sought ways to offer seamless energy through space. In case you missed the ending to this story, that project was shelved. Reason: it did not work.
With this history of failed attempts behind him, you are probably curious as to why you should have any hopes in his most recent ambition seeing the light of day.
First of all, he plans to send 4425 satellites, at a cost of $10 billion, into space.
Google is also behind this, and the giant technology company has already offered a billion dollars to ensure the project takes off.
For Obvious Reasons, Many ISPs Are Not Very Upbeat About The Idea
Its success would decimate their earnings or put them out of business.
Previously, Google and Facebook have tried this using balloons and high-altitude drones to give us free internet.
Elon Musk’s project is different in that he plans on sending several satellites into space, all at once. However, he does not want to test the waters first and is leveraging previous knowledge of the subject for this project.
And therein lies the problem. The impact of sending all those satellites to space might be huge, and there is no certainty they will even work.
What If They Crash With Other Satellites?
A lot of things could go wrong or just fail to work.
But for everyone interested in the idea of free internet, which is roughly the entire world, it’s time to keep our fingers crossed and hope that this somehow works.
Broader ambitions have worked before. And this time, many can only hope the free internet for the world idea also does. Still, to those involved, it is worth considering all the variables involved to ensure these plans don’t end up causing more problems than they solve.