Balloons, drones, satellites: what does the future of the internet look like?

The internet may feel like it's everywhere, but large pockets of our planet are still beyond a signal's reach. There's no single technology that can do the job.

The internet may feel like it's everywhere, but large pockets of sky, swathes of land and most of the oceans are still beyond a signal's reach.

Three decades after the first cellphone went on sale - the $US4,000 Motorola DynaTAC 8000X "Brick" - half the world remains unconnected. For some it costs too much, but up to a fifth of the population, or some 1.4 billion people, live where "the basic network infrastructure has yet to be built," according to a Facebook white paper last month.

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