Project Loon to Help Restore Communication in Puerto Rico

Project Loon to Help Restore Communication in Puerto Rico

The Federal Communications Commission (FCC) has approved an experimental license for Alphabet, Inc.to implement its Project Loon in Puerto Rico to restore wireless service to the island following the massive destruction brought by Hurricane Maria. FCC chairman Ajit Pai stressed the importance of communication in the rebuilding and recovery of Puerto Rico.

Puerto Rico, 10/8/2017 - FCCAccording to the latest FCC report, 81.7% (virtually no change from 81.9% yesterday) of cell sites are out of service in Puerto Rico.

One of Alphabet's moonshot projects might help people in Puerto Rico regain LTE connectivity in their phones.

Project Loon, part of Google's original "moonshot" efforts, was created to bring connectivity to remote parts of the world and areas struggling with the aftermath of a natural disaster. Google stationed a launch locations for the balloons previous year in Puerto Rico, saying earlier in 2017 it would uses the launch pad for sending balloons to Peru which would provide service there following mass flooding. In almost all counties in Puerto Rico, more than 75 percent of cell sites are not working, and "22 out of the 78 counties in Puerto Rico have 100 percent of their cell sites out of service".

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Technology behemoths Google and Elon Musk-owned Tesla have come to the rescue of Puerto Rico, which is slowly recovering from the devastating hurricanes Mari and Irma.

"In March, Peru was battered by extreme rains and flooding, with the government declaring more than 800 provinces to be in a state of emergency".

The private companies have stepped up to the plate in Puerto Rico as the Trump administration faces continued criticism for its slow response to the disaster. "Using this data, our software algorithms are able to determine which altitude has a wind pattern that gives us the best chance of keeping our balloons close to the areas where we want them", Project Loon said at the time. During initial tests in New Zealand in 2013, Loon engineers figured they'd need a continuous stream of balloons around the world so that as one balloon drifted away, another would be ready to take its place. The balloons are similar to a weather balloon but they have cellular equipment mounted to them to act as short-term mobile connection points. But ahead of the floods, Loon had already been working with Telefonica, the country's largest cell and data provider. Leahy said the company has been making "solid progress" on its search for a telecom partner to supply the cellular network needed for its balloons. Alphabet says it is developing temporary software fixes over the air for some devices, such as LG, Samsung and Apple.

Alphabet will coordinate with networks operating in the British Virgin Islands so that interference is minimized.

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