New initiatives seek to provide internet access to people living in remote areas with balloons. The balloons work as transmission towers and can reach large swaths of space through wireless connections. Brazil’s National Institute for Space Research (INPE) is actively researching the new technology and hopes to employ it in the Amazon and other rural regions of the country. They are currently working on creating balloons that can withstand lightning and wind as to avoid the possible disruption or damage caused by bad weather. Other countries and private sector companies are also beginning to experiment with internet balloons, which are a lower cost alternative to terrestrial stations and satellite systems.