Google begins launching Internet-beaming balloons

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Associated Press

Google is launching Internet-beaming antennas into the stratosphere aboard giant balloons with the goal of getting the entire planet online. Temple communications professor Patrick Murphy warned of mixed consequences, pointing to China and Brazil as places where Internet service promoted democratic principles but also contributed to a surge in consumerism that has resulted in environmental and health problems. "The nutritional and medical information, farming techniques, democratic principles those are the wonderful parts of it," he said. "But you also have everyone wanting to drive a car, eat a steak, drink a Coke."