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Large Internet-Beaming Balloons Might Be Headed To Puerto Rico

Large Internet-Beaming Balloons Might Be Headed To Puerto Rico

Mr Musk said he was diverting resources from a semi-truck project to fix Model 3 bottlenecks and "increase battery production for Puerto Rico & other affected areas".

According to the FCC, 83 percent of cell sites in Puerto Rico are out of service, 57 percent for the US Virgin Islands, and 100 percent for St. John. This U.S. Territory is still reeling from the storm that struck almost two weeks ago.

Loon is one of Google's original "moonshot efforts created to bring connectivity to remote areas of the world and locales struggling in the aftermath of natural disaster".

"That's why we need to take innovative approaches to help restore connectivity on the island", he added, urging wireless carriers to "cooperate with Project Loon to maximise this effort's chances of success".

"To deliver signal to people's devices, Loon needs be integrated with a telco partner's network - the balloons can't do it alone", she said, adding that the company is "making solid progress on this next step". Pai said that this includes the "the rebuilding of communications infrastructure and restoration of communications services".

On the heels of Tesla's Elon Musk offer to help solve the island's power problem, Alphabet, Google's parent company, has been approved by the Federal Communications Commission to fly balloons over the island that would help replace the cellphone towers that were blown over by the hurricane.

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.

Google isn't the only tech giant extending a helping hand to Puerto Rico.

Google is the latest company to bring relief to Puerto Rico as the island deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. "You don't have to announce you've lit up coverage".

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