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Google Loon balloon web service taps board to lift business


Loon started as a project inside Google’s X research arm to deliver Internet access to rural areas. As of last year, it planned to offer service in Kenya. — Reuters

Loon started as a project inside Google’s X research arm to deliver Internet access to rural areas. As of last year, it planned to offer service in Kenya. — Reuters

Loon, the balloon-borne rural Internet service from Google parent Alphabet Inc, has recruited three wireless-industry leaders to help the company’s years-long effort to get the business off the ground. 

Wireless pioneer and Nextel Partners Inc co-founder Craig McCaw, former Verizon Communications Inc executive Marni Walden, and Ian Small, a former Telefonica SA executive, will serve as Loon’s new three-member advisory board. They’ll help the fledgling company sign on partners and expand to new areas. 

   

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