When Starry announced its new venture for gigabit mesh networks in January, it was hailed as ambitious, innovative, and more than a little far-fetched. But Starry isn't the only company developing the technology. Patent records obtained by The Verge show that Facebook is actively developing an extremely similar technology. One patent — filed by Facebook employee Sanjai Kohli in October but made public the week after the Starry announcement — describes a "Next Generation Data Network" that would connect computers using millimeter-wave radio links deployed as a mesh network. Both mesh and millimeter-wave technology are central to Starry's scheme.