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Google(s goog) considered turning Project Loon into the world’s biggest mobile operator, buying spectrum around the globe, Google’s Astro Teller said at TechCrunch Disrupt on Tuesday. The idea was that Google would use a harmonized band to transmit its signals from its stratospheric balloon network down to terra firma.

But Larry Page nixed that idea, said Teller, whose official title at Google is Captain of Moonshots. Instead, Teller’s boss told him and his Google X team to find another way. And Teller now believes the plan Project Loon came up with is a far better one. Instead of owning its own spectrum, Project Loon will lease its network to carriers and ISPs as its balloons passes overhead. The networks will then transmit over those carrier partners’ licensed spectrum, Teller said.

The voyage of Loon balloon I-167 as it circumnavigates the globe (source: Google) The voyage of Loon balloon I-167 as it circumnavigates the globe (source: Google)

The concept is a fascinating one because…

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