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    Google Reassures the FCC’s Radiation Worries
    James Nagy
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    Google Reassures the FCC’s Radiation Worries

    Project Loon is in the news again; this time they are answering concerns to the Federal Communications Commission (FCC).  Project Loon is Google’s project aimed at providing internet access to remote and rural areas using high-altitude weather balloons placed in the stratosphere to create an aerial wireless network.

    Recently though, the FCC has received several informal objections about Project Loon. Commenters are questioning the potential harmful effects of radio-frequency energy on humans and the environment. Some companies are also concerned that Project Loon may interfere with their wireless operations.  In response, Google has written to the FCC in an effort to assure them that the balloons pose no radiation threats to anyone.

    From Tech Times:

    Google sent a letter to the FCC assuring that Project Loon does not pose any risk to humans or environment. Google says that some parties worry that radio frequency (RF) from Project Loon testing will harm plants, animals and humans, who are in the vicinity where the test is conducted.

    "The proposed experimental operations in fact present vastly less risk from RF exposure than other transmissions the Commission routinely authorizes. Thus, although we respect that the commenters' concerns are genuinely held, there is no factual basis for them," says Google.

    Currently the plan is for the balloons to float over areas with little to no internet connection, at a height of about 60,000 feet, and send signals from ground-based antennas. As Google plans tests of the transmission system, they are addressing objections.  Some of these include, as Google points out, that their antennas will point towards the sky not the ground.  They go on to state that even if the antennas were pointed towards the ground –they are no danger from so far away.  At 60,000 feet away even if the airborne transmitters were pointed at the ground, the signal strength that reaches the ground would be millions of times smaller than what the FCC already limits.

    So what is in store for Project Loon in the near future?

    Well, according to Tech Times:

    The project is ongoing and Google is planning to send hundreds of more balloons in the stratosphere in an attempt to test Internet connectivity in remote areas of Australia, New Zealand, Argentina and Chile. Project Loon's success may see thousands of balloons flying in the stratosphere in the near term.

    We will certainly be keeping an eye to the skies to see what Project Loon and Google have in store for us next.  What do you think of concerns brought up against Project Loon to the FCC? Are they completely unfounded? Is radiation something that people should be worried about from projects like this?  How do you think the FCC will react? Comment below!

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    As a strategic leader and entrepreneur, James Nagy has a record of generating growth by leveraging the latest technologies to drive sales, marketing, product development, and profitability. He is known for identifying and capitalizing on market trends, developing effective tactics for implementation, enhancing operating performance, and serving as a trusted advisor and business partner. Skilled at working across operations, James builds strong, cross-functional relationships and communicates complex technical information to diverse internal and external stakeholders.

    A big picture visionary, James identifies and reacts to market trends, providing disruptive strategies that go beyond IT to include sales, marketing, and product portfolio management. Building on his experience as Director of Software Development with premier companies Midas International Corporation and SXC Health Solutions, Inc., James launched two successful consulting companies, Sprocket Websites Inc. and J&S Tech Designs. As the Managing Director, he provides innovative solutions to clients in small- and mid-cap companies.

    When he is not advising other business leaders, James lends his expertise to a variety of organizations. He is a Founding Member & Committee Member of the Greater Conejo Valley Chamber of Commerce; he serves on multiple teams and committees for the Naperville Area Chamber of Commerce; he is a Founding Member of the Chicago Area DNN User Group, and he serves on the Board of Directors of the New West Symphony. In his free time, James enjoys Sci-Fi, coin collecting, traveling and wine tasting.


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