As Puerto Ricans try and rebuild their lives, that sort of data service could be vital - According to the latest figures, 83 percent of cell sites are still out of action on the island. With thousands of cell towers decimated by Hurricane Maria, the balloons would provide needed communications for both affected residents and relief efforts.
Puerto Rico is still reeling from the devastation from Hurricane Maria, which has left billions of dollars worth of damage in its wake, flooded the country and destroyed a lot of the buildings.
The project, which is run by research firm X, has provided back-up internet services after natural disasters before.
Musk, the chief executive of Tesla Inc, said on Friday the company would send more battery installers to Puerto Rico to help restore power after Hurricane Maria knocked out all power on the island over two weeks ago.
The FCC's daily status report also shows significant wireline, TV and radio outages remain in both US territories.More news: Sharapova knocked out of China Open
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In case of yu just need to know, the Project Loon is a subsidiary project from Google's "X" t make the availability of internet in rural places and remote villages.
United States authorities have approved Alphabet Inc's application to use its experimental Project Loon balloons to provide emergency mobile phone service to disaster-stricken Puerto Rico, as Tesla said it would send more battery supplies. Loon needs be integrated with a telco partner's network-the balloons can't do it alone.
Earlier on Friday, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced he was forming a Hurricane Recovery Task Force with an emphasis on addressing challenges facing Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands.
Alphabet Inc has just been given permission to float 30 balloons over U.S. territory Puerto Rico, providing them with much needed mobile reception and internet. As most of the smartphones are not capable of transcoding Band 8 LTE signals, the OEMs are necessarily required to push an OTA update for every smartphone in Puerto Rico.