It's no "Stratellite",
but Ed Schafer, former Governor of North Dakota, is betting on some hot air balloons to provide cellphone service to
wasteland expanse of his state, instead of the 1,100 cell towers it would take otherwise. The system
only takes three balloons, 20 miles up, to provide coverage for the entire area, but since the balloons drift, it takes
around 9 balloons total to keep service aloft at all times. Once a balloon floats out of state, it will eject its
parachute-equipped communications pod, to be recovered for a bounty (similar to the SkySite program we just brought you)
and sent back into service over the state. Extend America is about to start testing the tech, and if successful they
plan to license their bandwidth to existing wireless carriers.