SpaceX has satellites. Google has balloons. Facebook has drones.
Facebook’s Project Aquila seeks to use giant solar-powered drones to provide bandwidth to rural and remote regions around the world. The drones, flying at 60,000 feet and aloft for months at a time, would communicate across the fleet of drones and with ground stations.
Facebook has also been researching more efficient radio technologies to increase the bandwidth capabilities of Aquila.
Aquila is a major component of Facebook’s Internet.org initiative, and effort to bring over 4 billion people online for the first time.