Yesterday, Sri Lanka announced that the first country to benefit universal internet access from Google’s Project Loon. All thanks to a partnership with Google, the country promises “affordable high-speed Internet” for everyone in the country.
Google Loon was announced in 2013, with only incremental and anecdotal information hitting the presses up until now. This is a landmark moment for Loon, and clearly for Sri Lanka.
The foreign minister said in its announcement that Sri Lanka was “proud to declare that we are at the cusp of a reclaiming our heritage of being connected to each other and connected to the world. In a few months we will truly be able to say: Sri Lanka. Covered”
Additionally, the country notes that Silicon Valley investor and Golden State Warriors part-owner Chamath Palihapitya, helped their cause greatly by getting involved. It’s good to see entrepreneurs use their connections for good in a case like this.