Wellington: Microsoft Chairman, Bill Gates has reportedly slammed Google`s broadband through helium balloon project and said that it won`t solve more pressing problems of the poor.
Google`s ` Project Loon` envisages a ring of balloons circling the globe at about 20 km and transmitting broadband to the 4.7 billion people who don`t have it.
However, Gates said that when people are dying of malaria, the helium balloon won`t be of much help, Stuff.co.nz reports.
He further said that expanding internet to poor countries won`t solve other important and pressing issues adding that Google started out with broad humanitarian aims but then it `shut it all down`.
The report added him saying that Google is now simply doing its core thing but doing just that will not help uplift the poor.