What It’s Like to Be Allergic to Wi-Fi

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A conversation with a woman who says she is suffering from a disorder that many scientists believe doesn’t exist.

On the Breaking Bad spin-off Better Call Saul, the character Chuck McGill, a lawyer played by Michael McKean, has a rather memorable condition. He frequently wraps himself in a space blanket to protect his body from cell phones or wireless internet, claiming the electromagnetic fields emitted by these devices sicken him. He has — or thinks he has — a case of what’s known as electromagnetic hypersensitivity, or EHS.

This is not a condition most doctors recognize. The Guardian was quick to debunk the supposed science behind EHS, claiming that the condition is overhyped by the media, and that while the symptoms sufferers report may indeed be real, it’s psychological rather than physiological. That sentiment was echoed by George Johnson in the Times, who wrote, “From the perspective of science, the likelihood of the rays somehow causing harm is about as strong as the evidence for ESP.”

full story:  http://nymag.com/scienceofus/2015/03/what-its-like-to-be-allergic-to-wi-fi.html

A power surge left thousands without power for most of the day in Stockton after smart meters on their homes exploded on Monday.

RESIDENTS FRIGHTENED BY POWER SURGE, SMART METERS  EXPLODE, SHAKING THEIR HOMES IN CALIFORNIA-WATCH VIDEO!

http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/video?autoStart=true&topVideoCatNo=default&clipId=11297935

Stockton Smart Meters Explode After Truck Causes Power Surge

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STOCKTON (CBS13) — A power surge left thousands without power for most of the day in Stockton after smart meters on their homes exploded on Monday.

The explosions started after a truck crashed into a utility pole, causing a surge around 8:30 a.m. on Monday morning.

When the customers  in more than 5,000 homes get their power back on will depend on how badly damaged their meters are.

Neighbors in the South Stockton area described it as a large pop, a bomb going off, and strong enough to shake a house.

“The neighbor across the street, his meter doesn’t look as bad but his receptacles are all blackened.” said Brad Abernathy.

PG&E says a dump truck crashed near its Alpine substation on Arch Road. When the truck hit the utility pole, the top wire fell onto the bottom wire, creating a power surge.

“The top lines are considered our freeways. The bottom lines are our distribution lines taking power directly to homes,” said PG&E spokeswoman Brandi Ehlers. “So when the two collide, they’re at different voltages and the higher voltage wins out, causing an overload.”

Power is expected to be back to most customers by Monday evening, but the damage varies by home.

 http://sacramento.cbslocal.com/2015/03/30/stockton-smart-meters-explode-after-truck-causes-power-surge/

MONTREAL-CALL TO ACTION LETTER

Bonjour,

Nous sollicitons votre participation  à une action immédiate.

Amir Khadir, député de Mercier, a besoin de l’appui de tous les députés de l’assemblée nationale pour faire adopter  cette semaine, une motion afin que l’Assemblée Nationale prenne acte des risques réels d’incendies causés par les compteur intelligents.

Nous vous demandons d’écrire et/ou téléphoner sans délai à votre député provincial dès aujourd’hui en vous inspirant du modèle de lettre ci-bas.

Vous trouverez facilement les coordonnées de votre député en consultant cette page:  www.assnat.qc.ca/fr/deputes/

Vous trouverez des informations complémentaires sur les nombreux cas d’incendies mettant en cause des compteurs intelligents dans cette page: https://refusonslescompteurs.wordpress.com/about/securite/   Vous pourrez communiquer ces informations à votre député au besoin.

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Monsieur ou Madame [Nom du député],

Comme vous êtes mon député, je vous demande, au nom de la sécurité publique, de voter en faveur de cette motion qui sera présentée à l’Assemblée Nationale par le député de Mercier, M. Amir Khadir :

“Que l’Assemblée nationale prenne acte que le gouvernement de la Saskatchewan a ordonné le retrait de plus de 100 000 compteurs intelligents après que 8 incendies aient été reliés à leur installation;

Qu’elle prenne également acte que depuis le début du déploiement des nouveaux compteurs intelligents au Québec, au moins 6 incendies pouvant être liés à ceux-ci ont été rapportés; Que l’Assemblée nationale demande à Hydro-Québec de cesser de retirer les compteurs incendiés avant l’arrivée des pompiers-enquêteurs afin de ne pas nuire aux enquêtes.”

Salutations cordiales,

[Votre nom]

ENGLISH TRANSLATION:

Hello
We solicit your participation in an immediate action.
Amir Khadir, Member of Parliament for Mercier, needs the support of all the members of the National Assembly to adopt this week, a motion so that the National Assembly should take note of the real risks of fires caused by the smart meter.
We ask you to write or call promptly to your MPP today inspiring model letter below.
You can easily find contact information for your member of Parliament by visiting this page: http://www.assnat.qc.ca/ fr/members.
You will find further information on the many cases of fires involving smart meters on this page: https://refusonslescompteurs.wordpress.com/about/securite/ you can communicate this information to your MP if necessary.
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Sir or Madam [MP name],
As you‘re my MP, I ask you, on behalf of public safety, to vote for this motion to be presented to the National Assembly by Mr. Amir Khadir, Member of Parliament for Mercier:
“The National Assembly to take note that the Saskatchewan Government ordered the removal of more than 100 000 smart meters after 8 fires have been linked to their installation;
Take also note that since the beginning of the deployment of new smart meters in Quebec, at least 6 fires that may be associated with these were reported; National Assembly asks Hydro-Québec to stop removing burned counters before the arrival of investigators firefighters so not to interfere with the investigations.”
Cordial greetings,
[Your name]

PITTSBURGH,PA: Leaks in the System -Some PWSA customers say new water meters are all wet

Leaks in the System

Some PWSA customers say new water meters are all wet

Last April, the Pittsburgh Water and Sewer Authority began installing advanced metering infrastructure (AMI) throughout the city. The new AMI uses wireless signals to transmit meter data to PWSA and promises to help residents better monitor their water usage.

But in the past three months, when the software component of the new AMI was implemented, some residents in Mount Washington and other Pittsburgh neighborhoods say they began experiencing problems with the water authority.

In Mount Washington, recent spikes in water usage have distressed some residents, and communication issues between residents and PWSA have caused further concern.

This year, some residents began receiving estimated water bills because the AMI system doesn’t yet work for approximately 3,500 customers whose homes have older meters that cannot be read by the new technology.

PWSA has asked for residents’ understanding while it transitions to the new system. But the authority has also claimed that the spike in water usage some customers are experiencing isn’t related to the new system.

Ridiculous PA Water Bill

  • A graph from Lucinda Wolff’s most recent water bill shows an increase in usage.

After Pittsburgh City Councilor Theresa Kail-Smith was flooded with complaints about PWSA, she hosted a meeting between the water authority and a few of the affected residents.

“The complaints were very broad. It seemed to be concentrated in the Mount Washington area, but then as we started getting additional phone calls, we realized there were issues in other areas,” says Kail-Smith. “There’s just been so many.”

Some of those complaints include: higher bills due to higher-than-usual water usage; bills not being delivered; and extended wait times when calling customer service.

“Some people are receiving shut-off notices the day after they receive the bill. Some people are receiving bills that [have increased by] 600 percent,” says Kail-Smith. “They’re having a difficult time getting in touch with customer service, even though PWSA says they have 250 people [answering phones]. Which tells me if 250 people are busy, this issue is much broader. They must be dealing with a lot of issues.”

At the meeting, on March 18, Kail-Smith asked PWSA to stop sending out shut-off notices to people who have not paid increased bills, or who have not received their bills at all, until issues are resolved.

“It’s startling when you hear these numbers,” says Kail-Smith. “When I started hearing these stories, I thought, ‘There’s definitely something wrong here.'”

According to PWSA spokesperson Melissa Rubin, the increased bills are the result of leaky pipes possibly exacerbated by cold temperatures over the winter, not faulty water meters or glitches in the new system. But she advises anyone experiencing a problem to call customer service.

“There are a variety of issues that can cause someone to have a higher-than-usual bill, and it’s not necessarily due to the conversion or the new equipment,” Rubin says. “They could have a problem inside of their home, especially in the winter.”

Problems with the new system, Rubin says, should be occurring only at homes with older meters because they are not compatible with the new system. But these customers are receiving estimated bills until their old meters can be replaced, and should not be receiving increased bills.

“Estimates are based on each individual customer’s history of usage,” Rubin says. “The first thing I would tell someone if they say their bill is wrong, is they should look at whether it’s an estimated bill or actual. If it’s an actual bill they’re receiving, and it’s higher than normal, it’s very likely they have a leak inside their home.”

But inaccurate readings from advanced meter-reading infrastructure are not unheard of. In recent years, problems with smart meters have been reported in cities in Washington, Michigan and New York.   

And water meters manufactured by Sensus USA Inc., the company that manufactured Pittsburgh’s newly installed meters, were found to be defective in Phoenix, and Faribult, Minn.; there, the cities lost money because the meters were not reading accurately.

Lucinda Wolff, of Mount Washington, says she has been experiencing two of the most common problems cited — reported increased usage and late-arriving bills.

“The problems started this new year,” Wolff says. “Maybe if they get swamped with thousands of complaints, they’ll correct it.”

For the past three months, Wolff’s water bills have been mailed to her late. Her February payment, for example, was due on Feb. 22, but she didn’t receive a bill until Feb. 28. As of March 23, she still had not received this month’s bill.

At her son’s house, bills have been arriving but are greatly increased from average usage over the past three years. According to her records, her son’s water bills have averaged between $20 and $50. But his February “estimated” bill was $109.77, and his March “actual” bill was $221.69.

“The customer had [two] consecutive estimates in the system followed by an actual reading. The estimates were comparable to their previous months’ usage,” said Rubin, after reviewing the usage at Wolff’s son’s home on Clarence Street. “During the estimated period, the customer had increased consumption that became evident when the actual reading was received.”

But Wolff says water usage has not increased at the home, and their inspection of the water meter showed there are no leaks.

“This is not just one or two or three people,” Wolff says. “It’s a bigger issue, and they just don’t seem to grasp that, or they don’t want to. It’s ridiculous.”

http://www.pghcitypaper.com/pittsburgh/leaks-in-the-system/Content?oid=1814300

Smart meters are a ‘costly mistake’ that’ll add BILLIONS to bills

Smart meters are a ‘costly mistake’ that’ll add BILLIONS to bills

Institute of Directors warns against giganto UK.gov cock-up

Smart Meter keeps you on top of your spending

  Alexander J Martin

A report from the Institute of Directors (IoD) warns that the government’s rollout of smart meters “should be ‘halted, altered or scrapped’ to avoid a potentially catastrophic government IT disaster.”

The report, entitled “Not too clever: will Smart Meters be the next Government IT disaster?” describes the £11bn scheme as “unwanted by consumers, over-engineered and mind-blowingly expensive.”

The Major Projects Authority has carried out three assessments into the smart meter programme; however, the Department for Energy and Climate Change (DECC) has refused to publish them, citing commercial sensitivity.

Dan Lewis, report co-author and Senior Infrastructure Advisor at the IoD, describes a “political consensus” regarding the rollout as “a conspiracy of silence among politicians in thrall to big ideas and even bigger budgets.”

“This is not an age when we have to take the government in trust on numbers. This is not where we should be at in the twenty first century,” Lewis told The Register.

The abject failure of previous infrastructure projects, from the eBorders shambles to the NHS National Programme for IT, raises large questions about the Government’s ability to implement this programme.

Earlier this month, the Energy and Climate Change Committee stated the program was running the risk of being “a costly failure,” and was likely to cost most consumers more than it could save them.

Dan Lewis told The Register that the project was essentially the product of a “pre-smartphone age.”

The IoD also raised concerns that the the largest government IT project in history may quickly become obsolete, and could even expose consumers to cyber threats.

Alongside providing a vector for criminal data access, the European Data Protection Supervisor (EDPS) reported in 2012 how the rollout entailed “considerable risks to the protection of personal data,” from the smart meter providers without adequate consumer protections in place.

“It enables massive collection of personal data from European households and may lead to tracking what members of a household do within the privacy of their own homes.” stated Peter Hustinx, the EDPS.

Lewis also told The Register that from the impracticality of smart gas meters and a failure to recognise differences in population density (which raises costs for meter inspectors) between the UK and Sweden, the programme seems to be constructed from counter-intuitive data which is not being made public.

“There is no transparency of the numbers,” says Lewis. “The public hasn’t been given access to the numbers behind the cost/benefit analysis. We might well end up with a situation in which the fuel poor are effectively subsidising the fuel profligate.”

The report states that among the lessons to be learned was “that the process of creating a large piece of digital infrastructure is hugely complex and fraught with the potential for error.”

Lewis did describe the professed aims of the smart meter programme as laudable: “We all recognise the benefits of reducing consumption and increasing energy awareness. But there is little credible evidence to suggest that a scheme of this size and complexity will achieve those goals.”

A survey of IoD members showed that 80 per cent rated the ability of government to manage large IT projects as “poor or very poor.”

The IoD report recommends that an incoming government should consider the following changes:

  • Stop the smart gas meter deployment – only a handful of EU nations are planning to deploy gas smart meters by 2020. This would save billions of pounds.
  • Remove the requirement for an “in home” display – expected to cost £800m in total, the displays will be out of date in a few years. Far better to connect smart meters to people’s phones, tablets and PCs
  • Abandon attempts to stretch the rollout to tower blocks – the most technically challenging aspect of the project with the lowest potential returns. This would remove seven million homes from the scheme.
  • Limit the rollout to homes with high energy usage – those who use more than 5,100 kWh of electricity, and 23,000 kWh of gas a year have much more to gain. This would reduce the scale of the rollout by 80%.
  • Make the programme genuinely voluntary – offered to customers at their own expense, not subsidised by all.
  • Abandon the whole programme and develop a smart phone app instead – look into developing a smart app which would convert a photo of their current mechanical meter into a meaningful number for the suppliers. This would cost tens of thousands of pounds rather than billions.

Smart Energy GB responded to the IoD report, claiming the IoD “does not understand what’s needed to secure Britain’s energy infrastructure for the future. They are suggesting that the future of our energy supply should rely on an amateur solution, with old and new technology muddled up and people texting in photos of old meters to fill in the gaps.”

When asked of the response he expected the report to receive, Lewis acknowledged that he didn’t expect the project to be cancelled overnight. “When you work in the think-tank sector you understand that it isn’t always a matter of immediate response. You do this for individuals who can make their own case.”

“This is something the next government can look at,” he added. “The rollout is not until April 2016. That is plenty of time to publicise the numbers underpinning the cost/benefit analysis.” ®

http://www.theregister.co.uk/2015/03/30/smart_meters_costly_mistake_add_billions_to_energy_bills/

COMMON COMPLAINT AFTER SMART METER INSTALLATION-AUDIBLE RINGING!!!

MAJOR COMPLAINT AFTER SMART METER INSTALLATION IS THE CONSTANT AUDIBLE “RINGING” BEING HEARD.

Ringing (signal)

From Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
This article is about ringing in electronics and signals generally. For ringing artifacts in signal processing, particularly image processing, see ringing artifacts.

An illustration of overshoot, followed by ringing and settle time.

In electronics, signal processing, and video, ringing is unwanted oscillation of a signal, particularly in the step response (the response to a sudden change in input). It is also known as hunting. It is closely related to overshoot, generally occurring following overshoot, and thus the terms are at times conflated.

It is also known as ripple, particularly in electricity or in frequency domain response.

Electricity[edit]

In electrical circuits, ringing is an unwanted oscillation of a voltage or current. It happens when an electrical pulse causes the parasitic capacitances and inductances in the circuit (i.e. those that are not part of the design, but just by-products of the materials used to construct the circuit) to resonate at their characteristic frequency.[1] Ringing artifacts are also present in square waves; see Gibbs phenomenon.

Ringing is undesirable because it causes extra current to flow, thereby wasting energy and causing extra heating of the components; it can cause unwanted electromagnetic radiation to be emitted[citation needed]; it can delay arrival at a desired final state (increase settling time); and it may cause unwanted triggering of bistable elements in digital circuits. Ringy communications circuits may suffer falsing.

Ringing can be due to signal reflection, in which case it may be minimized by impedance matching.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ringing_(signal)

The Pentagon has 3 trillion dollars that is unaccounted for and they cannot be audited!!!

Why does THE MILITARY HAVE POWER over CONGRESS?  1/2 OF OUR budget they vote on is taken by the pentagon without any accountability what so ever?

Why is this secret and the American people are kept in the dark as what is going on with their money?  We are allowing our Politicians to lie to us….and this is the systemic problem we have with all of the issues we are fighting for..we don’t know who is running the show….. a wise man quoted, “What happens if we do nothing? If we do nothing we will end up where we are going”…. Sandaura

Sens. Cruz, Paul Demand the Pentagon Be Able to Pass an Audit

Although the Pentagon has been required by law to pass an audit every year for almost 20 years, it has been unable to do so. The Pentagon is by far the largest government bureaucracy in the country, with a proposed 2015 budget request of $585 billion. With a budget that large, the Pentagon should be able to tell us how our tax dollars are spent – especially when its leaders keep asking for more money.

Ted_Cruz,_official_portrait,But a news report in 2013 revealed that the Pentagon had been doctoring its books for years to conceal “epic” amounts of wasteful spending. The problem is so bad the Pentagon doesn’t know how many people work for it or even how many people it needs. Fortunately, things are not all bad.

Senators Ted Cruz (R-TX), Rand Paul (R-KY) and others have introduced legislation that would place penalties on the Pentagon if it is not able to pass an audit by 2017. According to The Hill, the legislation “calls for increased oversight every year the department fails to meet the target and would eventually strip the Pentagon’s ability to reprogram and transfer funds between its accounts.” The bill would also reward the Pentagon if it met its goal.

And during his nomination hearing to be Secretary of Defense, Ashton Carter told one of the bill’s other cosponsors, Senator Joe Manchin (D-WV), that he is committed to an audit of the Pentagon.

A coalition of groups has urged Congress to take action. The last two years in a row bipartisan legislation was introduced in the House of Representatives that would have put financial penalties on the Pentagon. And now that the Senate has introduced legislation and the presumed Secretary of Defense is on board, there should be no reason why Congress cannot agree on a bill compelling the Pentagon to pass an audit.

http://rightondefense.org/2015/02/06/sens-cruz-paul-demand-the-pentagon-be-able-to-pass-an-audit/

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Global Union Against Radiation Deployment from Space

Global Union Against Radiation Deployment from Space

 For Immediate Release

 

Date: March 27, 2015

Who: Global Union Against Radiation Deployment from Space (GUARDS)

Contact: Ed Friedman, Maine USA, 207-666-3372 edfomb@comcast.net

Planned Global WiFi from Space Will Destroy Ozone Layer, Worsen Climate Change, and Threaten Life on Earth

Five companies are gearing up to provide high-speed global WiFi coverage from space within the next three to four years. This would be an ecological and public health nightmare, according to a recently-formed international coalition: the Global Union Against Radiation Deployment from Space (GUARDS).

According to GUARDS, the extensive satellite networks required will endanger the ozone layer and significantly contribute to climate change. Rocket exhaust contains ozone-destroying chlorine, water vapor (a greenhouse gas), and aluminum oxide particles, which seed stratospheric clouds. Complete ozone destruction is observed in the exhaust plumes of rockets.

The New York Times (May 14, 1991, p. 4) quoted Aleksandr Dunayev of the Russian Space Agency saying “About 300 launches of the space shuttle each year would be a catastrophe and the ozone layer would be completely destroyed.”

At that time, the world averaged only 12 rocket launches per year. Maintaining a fleet of (ultimately) 4,000 satellites, each with an expected lifespan of five years, will likely involve enough yearly rocket launches to be an environmental catastrophe.

GUARDS’ second area of concern is WiFi itself. Although widely perceived as an unqualified good, WiFi operates using extremely rapid pulses of microwave radiation—the same radiation used in microwave ovens. And a parade of studies continue to be published and ignored implicating wireless technology in the die-off of forests, the demise of frogs, bats, and honey bees, the threatened extinction of the house sparrow, and damage to the DNA of the human species. It is vital to the continuation of life that large parts of the earth be spared from the incessant radiation that accompanies wireless technologies.

“The human body”, says Dr Gerard J. Hyland, of the University of Warwick, UK, “is an electrochemical instrument of exquisite sensitivity”, noting that, like a radio, it can be interfered with by incoming radiation. If a signal can operate a mechanical device, it can disturb every cell in the human body.

On February 7, 2014, the U.S. Department of Interior stated that “the electromagnetic radiation standards used by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continue to be based on thermal heating, a criterion now nearly 30 years out of date and inapplicable today” in reference to guidelines governing WiFi radiation frequencies.

In 2011 the World Health Organization classified radiation emitted by cell phones, and other wireless commercial infrastructure such as WiFi and smart meters as a Class 2B possible human carcinogen, along with lead, engine exhaust, and DDT. Yet, the global WiFi projects would make this exposure ubiquitous and inescapable.

A recent letter sent by 88 organizations, representing over a million people, to the European Economic and Social Committee outlines how governments are betraying the public trust by ignoring the hazards of radio frequency/microwave (RF/MW) radiation.

Studies show wireless radiation can adversely affect fetal brain development, in addition to causing double-stranded DNA breaks and causing a wide spectrum of illnesses. GUARDS believes that continuing and expanding involuntary exposure of the public to this known toxin violates the Nuremberg Code of Human Rights for non-consensual experimentation.

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GUARDS is an international coalition of diverse groups that have joined together in order to stop the implementation of global WiFi from space, which threatens all life on earth.

Resources

Human Health

 

The 1500-page BioInitiative Report on RF/MW health effects was published in 2012. The authors are 29 scientists from ten countries.  They reviewed thousands of studies showing interference with chemical processes in the body, implicating RF/MW in a whole spectrum of alarming effects including genetic damage, cancer, immune dysfunction, neurological injury, and infertility. The report can be found at <www.bioinitiative.org>.

 

The Letter of Notice sent in February 2015 to the European Economic and Social Committee by 88 organizations regarding the betrayal of public trust in ignoring the effects of RF/MW radiation can be found at <http://www.radiationresearch.org/images/rrt_articles/EM-Radiation-Research-Trust-Letter-of-Notice-Served-on-Mr-Richard-Adams.pdf>.

The International Agency for Research on Cancer (IARC), a committee of the World Health Organization, has classified RF radiation, including that emitted by wireless technology, as a class 2B carcinogen. <http://www.iarc.fr/en/media-centre/pr/2011/pdfs/pr208_E.pdf>.

British physician Erica Mallery-Blythe has an excellent report focusing on Electromagnetic Hypersensitivity (EHS), now estimated to affect five percent of the world’s population. www.iemfa.org/wp-content/pdf/Mallery-Blythe-v1-EESC.pdf

Department of Interior: “the electromagnetic radiation standards used by the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) continue to be based on thermal heating, a criterion now nearly 30 years out of date and inapplicable today.” (http://www.ntia.doc.gov/files/ntia/us_doi_comments.pdf)

Environment

Studies show radiation from wireless technology harms the environment—both flora and fauna are affected (http://www.moef.nic.in/downloads/public-information/final_mobile_towers_report.pdf and (http://www.biolmedonline.com/Articles/Vol4_4_2012/Vol4_4_202-216_BM-8.pdf).

An October 31, 2014 presentation to the Manitoba Entomological Society, reviewing 91 studies on the effects of RF/MW radiation on honey bees, insects, birds, etc.: https://groups.google.com/forum/#!topic/mobilfunk_newsletter/0RUPGTI4qQY

On ozone depletion and climate change from rocket exhaust: (http://www.eucass-proceedings.eu/articles/eucass/pdf/2013/01/eucass4p657.pdf).

 

 

Satellite Deployment Plans

The five companies seeking to provide global WiFi radiation include:

SpaceX:    4000 satellites, 750 miles high http://www.spacex.com/

OneWeb:    2,400 satellites, 500-590 miles high   http://www.oneweb.world and             http://www.cnbc.com/id/102340448 

Facebook:    Satellites, drones, and lasers.  http://thenextweb.com/facebook/2014/03/27/facebooks-connectivity-lab-looking-drones-satellites-lasers-provide-internet-access/

Google:    200,000 high altitude balloons (62,500 feet) (“Project Loon”) http://www.google.com/loon/

Outernet:     Low-orbit microsatellites   https://www.outernet.is/en. Receive-only service to begin in 2015, two-way WiFi in four years.