Google’s Flagship Project Loon Impresses PM Modi
Thursday, October 1, 2015
Impressed by Google's flagship Project Loon – that takes internet to the remote and inaccessible areas – Prime Minister Narendra Modi believes this has multiple uses like long distance education, rural schools and telemedicine, officials said.
He was given a briefing about Loon during his tour to the Google headquarters in the Silicon Valley over the weekend.
Google officials told PM Modi that they were already doing a pilot project in Andhra Pradesh and the idea is to target rural areas which still do not have internet penetration.
"So, the Prime Minister felt that this could be a very very significant innovation to help us with rural connectivity," Ministry of External Affairs spokesman Vikas Swarup said.
The Google officials said their research tells them that 160 million people can be lifted out of poverty if given internet access.