It seems logical that in the future, everyone in the world will have wireless Internet access. However, the technology necessary for this to happen is still a long way off.
Outernet and Project Loon are two initiatives that aim to help the whole world connect to the Internet.
Outernet is a project funded by the non-profit organization Media Development Investment Fund. This organization is building a network of small satellites that can transmit data to any SMS-capable telephone and will also make the data available for smartphones through mobile applications.
Google’s Project Loon is exploring the possibility of using hot air balloons to provide Internet access over large areas. As Google indicated on a website about the project: “Two-thirds of the world’s population does not yet have Internet access.”