Google Brings Cellular Service to Puerto Rico Using Balloons

Google Brings Cellular Service to Puerto Rico Using Balloons

Google Brings Cellular Service to Puerto Rico Using Balloons

At the time, they noted that deploying to Puerto Rico would be harder than their previous emergency deployment to Peru as they did not have existing infrastructure in place.

The project, which is run by research firm X, has provided back-up internet services after natural disasters before.

Weeks ago Tesla sent hundreds of batteries that store power made by solar panels to the islands, and they are now making more for Puerto Rico.

Project Loon is the name for Alphabet's (Google's parent company) ambitious project that provides cellular data capabilities from above.

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Google Brings Cellular Service to Puerto Rico Using Balloons

Musk agreed. Hours later, he announced he was delaying the unveiling of Tesla's new semi-truck and diverting resources, in part to "increase battery production for Puerto Rico and other affected areas".

It's unclear if X has found a telecomm company to partner with in the USA territory.

The Federal Communications Commission yesterday granted Alphabet-owned Project Loon an experimental license to operate in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands for the goal of helping the islands regain connectivity.

Cisco Systems has sent a tactical team and says it is working with local government, emergency responders and service providers to facilitate restoration and recovery efforts. "It is critical that we adopt a coordinated and comprehensive approach to support the rebuilding of communications infrastructure", said FCC Chairman Ajit Pai in a statement. "To deliver signal to people's devices, Loon needs be integrated with a telco partner's network - the balloons can't do it alone", the spokesperson explains. It appears to be a flawless fit for helping Puerto Rico get back online. In a report issued yesterday, the FCC revealed that 83 percent of cell towers on the island are still down, with the US Virgin Islands in a similar state.

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