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Facebook Aims to Remake Telecom With Millimeter Waves and Tether-tennas - IEEE Spectrum

A world of millimeter-wave networks, laid out by computer, crisscrossing cities and into the stratosphere, where cell phone towers can be easily replaced by tethered autonomous copters—that's the telecommunications infrastructure of the future. So ...and more »

Facebook built a helicopter to provide internet from a fiber-optic cable - VentureBeat

At its F8 developer conference in San Francisco today, Facebook introduced the latest technology for expanding internet access. It's a little helicopter with a power line and a fiber optic cable that will be able to drop in and quickly provide a ...and more »

Talking fiber, drones and open-source hardware with Facebook's Yael Maguire - TechCrunch

Facebook has been putting a lot of resources into improving internet connectivity in rural areas. At first, that may seem like a distraction for the social networking giant, but Facebook takes its mission to connect people pretty literally. And to do ...and more »

Facebook built a helicopter-drone to provide wireless internet to disaster areas - Recode

Facebook thinks it can do more to help in times of crisis. The social giant already offers a feature called Safety Check, which lets users mark themselves safe during a crisis or connect with other users who might have food, clothing or shelter on hand ...and more »

Facebook's millimeter-wave radio tech hits new bandwidth records - TechCrunch

It's no secret that Facebook is highly interested in bringing internet connectivity to more people — even in very remote areas where traditional technologies don't typically work. To do this, the company has recently focused on its Aquila drone and ...and more »

Facebook is Going to Use Drones to Beam Internet Everywhere - Futurism

On Wednesday April 19, Facebook revealed test results to the F8 developer conference from its efforts to get rural regions around the world online, and function as a source of disaster relief. The social platform created a small helicopter that's ...and more »

Facebook is testing high-speed wireless internet service in California - Business Insider

After testing drones designed to beam internet service to Sub-Saharan Africa, Facebook is setting its sights closer to home. The social network announced on Wednesday that it's testing high-speed gigabit wireless internet service with the city of San ...and more »

Facebook says citywide wireless Internet for San Jose is 'around the corner' - Silicon Valley Business Journal

Facebook's Building 8 experimental R&D unit is working closely with the city of San Jose and with other Silicon Valley companies on bringing a series of innovations to life in the real world. Many of the projects, including city-wide wireless internet ...and more »

How Facebook wants to redefine urban wireless connectivity with Terragraph - TechRepublic

On Wednesday, at its annual F8 developer conference in San Jose, CA, Facebook unveiled its plan to make it easier and faster to build wireless networks in cities using its Terragraph wireless connectivity system. If successful, it could lead to fewer ...and more »

Facebook's internet-beaming drone is getting better - CNET

Facebook's Aquila drone. Facebook/Screenshot by Stephen Shankland/CNET. You've heard of 4G, 5G and Wi-FI. Now get ready for MMW. That's the shorthand for millimeter-wave radio, the technology Facebook is using to transmit data to its internet-beaming ...and more »