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  • 04.13.16

Facebook wants people in remote areas to have better access to Facebook

At its F8 conference today, Facebook unveiled terrestrial connectivity technology to complement its Internet-peddling Aquila drone. As engineering VP Jay Parikh explained, Facebook’s new ARIES tech will make extending Internet connectivity (read: access to Facebook) in rural areas faster and cheaper, by packing together arrays of 96 antennas. 

Facebook hopes to offer similar improvements in urban regions with Terragraph, a low-cost, gigabit speed system of nodes that can be installed in cities. Terragraph will debut through a pilot program in San Jose this fall.

Reporting by Daniel Terdiman. For more F8 News, go to our live blog.                           PM