Декабря 11, 2017


FCC creates hurricane task force to aid recovery in Puerto Rico

08 Октября 2017, 12:48 | Stacy Ballard

FCC creates hurricane task force to aid recovery in Puerto Rico

FCC creates hurricane task force to aid recovery in Puerto Rico

Separately, Puerto Rico Governor Ricardo Rossello said in a Twitter posting late on Friday that he had a "great initial conversation with @elonmusk tonight".

Libby Leahy, a spokeswoman for X, the Alphabet unit that oversees Project Loon, said in a statement that Loon "needs to be integrated with a telco partner's [cellular] network - the balloons can't do it alone". Sadly, the Hurricane Maria had ripped off nearly everything from the country, from cultivation to the networking connections.

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.

The project was initially announced in 2013, intending to use balloons at high altitudes - and powered by the sun - to get cell service and internet capabilities into remote areas. "We've been making solid progress on this next step and would like to thank everyone who's been lending a hand". The reason for increased difficulty is that Loon was already in testing in Peru with a carrier and was ready to roll.

The FCC license comes as Puerto Rico struggles to recover from the devastating affects of Hurricane Maria.

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Mr. Pai urged wireless carriers to cooperate with Project Loon "to maximize this effort's chances of success".

AT&T has started using satellite links to carry millions of phone calls and text messages from clusters of temporary cellular radios to the mainland, a spokesman said. "The Hurricane Recovery Task Force will allow us to do just that", Paid said.

Alphabet's Project Loona team had last day discussed a possibility of providing an emergency coverage for Puerto Rican by deploying its network-enabled balloons over the country.

In two tweets Friday, Matthew Berry, chief of staff of the US Federal Communications Commission, said the FCC had approved the Loon application to provide emergency cellular service to the island.

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