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Facebook Hits Obstacles on Path to Connect the Unconnected

By satellite, drone or balloon, tech companies are seeking to connect more of the world's under-served regions to the internet. But these unconventional strategies come with risks, as demonstrated by a spectacular launch pad explosion earlier this month. The rocket that blew up Sept. 1 at Cape Canaveral, Florida, was meant to carry a satellite that would help improve internet connectivity in sub-Saharan Africa. The social-media company Facebook planned to use the satellite to...

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