Weather balloons launched every day would be used to provide wireless telephone service in rural areas under a plan devised by a Chandler, Ariz., company.

Space Data Corp.
, which is located at the Stellar Air Park, demonstrated its SkySite concept this week at the IDG DEMO 2002 conference at the Pointe Hilton Tapatio Cliffs resort in Phoenix.
Space Data has not yet finalized negotiations with the National Weather Service on joint use of balloons, and it has not yet completed any agreements with wireless carriers. Still, the company hopes to begin commercial service in the southwestern United States in 2003.

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