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Why Mark Zuckerberg Wants to Talk to the FCC About Having a Fleet of Drones — and What He Plans to Do With Them

Mar 10, 2016  •  Post A Comment

Facebook founder Mark Zuckerberg has a bold plan that will employ a massive fleet of drones, and he wants to make sure the Federal Communications Commission is on board before he really gets it rolling.

The New York Post reports that Zuckerberg, who has said he wants to provide Internet access to more than 4 billion people around the world who don’t have it, plans to use the drones to deliver it. The solar-powered drones would employ laser technology to beam the signal to isolated regions.

His plan would require FCC approval, and Zuckerberg is reportedly making the preliminary steps — including seeking an FCC-savvy lawyer to make his case. Facebook already has former FCC Chairman Kevin Martin on the payroll overseeing its global access policy, the report notes.

Zuckerberg is working on the initiative, known as Internet.org, with other tech firms, including Samsung, Nokia, Qualcomm and Ericsson, the Post notes. “Facebook has said it does not intend to operate the network; rather, it wants to advance the technology to the point that it becomes viable for other operators to deploy it,” the Post reports.


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