Recent speculation from Wall Street Journal suggests that Google may be looking into using floating cell towers rather than conventional cell towers.
The cheaper hydrogen filled balloons containing wireless technology are lofted some 20 miles above the earth’s surface with just one balloon offering the same range as some 40 cell towers.
Space Data Corp is currently using such a method to provide rurar parts of the Souhern States with wireless cell and data services.
A major downside to using flaoting cell towers however is that the average balloon only stays up about 24 hours, after which the balloons plumet to ground with $1,500 worth of electronics still contained within the unit. Space Data Corp currently have to launch around 10 balloons a day to keep up support for those Southern rural area.