Outernet

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Outernet Inc is a global broadcast data startup currently being incubated by the Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF), a United States-based impact investment fund and non-profit organization established in 1995 by Saša Vučinić and Stuart Auerbach. Outernet's goal is to provide free access to content from the web through geostationary and Low Earth Orbit satellites, made available effectively to all parts of the world.

The project uses datacasting and User Datagram Protocol through both small satellites, such as CubeSats, and larger, more conventional geostationary communications satellites. Wi-Fi enabled devices would communicate with the satellite hotspots, which receive data broadcasts from satellites.[1][2]

The network is primarily focused on a one-way data service, with two-way traffic being a long-term goal of the company. Initial satellite broadcasts is planned for August 2014, with global distribution scheduled for October 2014. According to MDIF, the initial content access includes international and local news, crop prices for farmers, Teachers Without Borders, emergency communications such as disaster relief, applications and content such as Ubuntu, movies, music, games, and Wikipedia in its entirety.[3]

Requests to NASA to use the International Space Station to test their technology were denied in June 2014.

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