Drudge Retort: The Other Side of the News
Tuesday, February 18, 2014

An ambitious organization called the Media Development Investment Fund (MDIF) is seeking to provide free web access to every person on Earth in a project dubbed the Outernet. MDIF plans to launch hundreds of satellites into orbit by 2015 and say the project could provide unrestricted Internet access to countries where web access is censored, including China and North Korea. At the prospect of telecoms operators trying to shut the project down before it gets off the ground, project lead SyedKarim said, "We will fight ... and win."


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I can't figure out how this will be profitable. Aren't there going to be further expenditures needed for maintenance etc. post 2015 launch?

Just sounds too good to be true.

#1 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2014-02-17 04:26 PM | Reply | Flag:

Outernet is being incubated by Media Development Investment Fund, a New York-based 501(c)3 nonprofit organization.



#2 | Posted by Corky at 2014-02-17 04:41 PM | Reply | Flag:


It seems that it is a one way thing. So there will only be certain cites which will be broadcast. I think those cites would be able to cover the bill with the additional revenue from worldwide advertising.

#3 | Posted by salamandagator at 2014-02-17 05:39 PM | Reply | Flag:


#4 | Posted by kwrx25 at 2014-02-18 12:14 PM | Reply | Flag:


Well it would give something like SkyNet the ability to globally communicate with all its Terminator machines. So, I guess, it's a start.

#5 | Posted by rstybeach11 at 2014-02-18 01:31 PM | Reply | Flag:

"seeking to provide free web access to every person on Earth"

The NSA is drooling in anticipation.

#6 | Posted by donnerboy at 2014-02-18 05:54 PM | Reply | Flag:

Satellite internet is horrible. The latency is bad when you realize the time to travel up and back and then hope it only does on trip and not multiple hops.

#7 | Posted by rearendhat at 2014-02-18 08:40 PM | Reply | Flag:

"Satellite internet is horrible."

So is most hotel wireless, but it's better than nothing.

#8 | Posted by REDIAL at 2014-02-18 10:34 PM | Reply | Flag:

awesome! this paves the way for my idea-- interstellar porn beamed daily to alien civilizations. i am raising funds to produce my first flick-- "titan uranus"

#9 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-02-19 09:33 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

That would be interplanetary porn Nerf.

#10 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-02-19 09:37 AM | Reply | Flag:

"That would be interplanetary porn Nerf"

interstellar. why stop at the kuiper belt or even the oort cloud?

deeper deeper we shall swiflty plunge into the deepest darkest recesses of space!

#11 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-02-19 09:44 AM | Reply | Flag:

Nerf, then you need to change the title to something like "Debbie Does Andromeda" and remove the planetary reference.

#12 | Posted by CrisisStills at 2014-02-19 09:55 AM | Reply | Flag:

"Nerf, then you need to change the title to something like "Debbie Does Andromeda" and remove the planetary reference."

how about "the big bang" ?

#13 | Posted by NerfHerder at 2014-02-19 10:02 AM | Reply | Flag: | Funny: 1

Space - the final frontier. These are the voyages of the Enterprise.....It's five...or is it four?.....year mission (is this light years or moon leaps?) to explore new galaxies, to boldly go where no drudger has ever gone before.

#14 | Posted by coyote at 2014-02-19 10:16 PM | Reply | Flag:


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