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Google Brings Cellular Service to Puerto Rico Using Balloons

Google Brings Cellular Service to Puerto Rico Using Balloons

The initiative, called Project Loon, uses high-altitude, solar-powered balloons to extend internet service to remote areas.

The Federal Communications Commission said Saturday that 82 percent of cell sites remain out in Puerto Rico; 58 percent are out of service in the U.S. Virgin Islands. In a filing with the FCC, Google wrote that it wanted approval to use the balloons to "support licensed mobile carriers' restoration of limited communications capability" in Puerto Rico.

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.

As communication providers that were impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria continue their recovery effort, the FCC has announced the creation of a Hurricane Recovery Task Force. "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.

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Separately, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello said on Twitter that he had a "great initial conversation" with Elon Musk, the chief executive of Tesla Inc. It last deployed the balloons to provide emergency phone service in Peru after a flood displaced thousands of people in March. To deliver signal to people's devices, Loon needs be integrated with a telco partner's network - the balloons can't do it alone.

More than 80% of Puerto Rico's cellular towers are still out of service more than two weeks after the arrival there of Hurricane Maria, and almost one-third of the island's counties have no service, according to the FCC.

In 2016, a test site was set up in Puerto Rico to launch what the project called "a handful of test balloons".

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