Google got permission to float its internet-beaming balloons over Puerto Rico

Puerto Rico Hurricane Maria

Google's parent company, Alphabet Inc, started Project Loon, which was created to give internet connectivity to people in rural places and is now being used for disaster relief.

The Federal Communications Commission yesterday granted Alphabet-owned Project Loon an experimental license to operate in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands for the goal of helping the islands regain connectivity.

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.

The United States plans to have 17,000 military personnel in Puerto Rico to aid disaster recovery efforts after Hurricane Maria, a Democratic senator briefed on the plan told reporters on Saturday.

'General threats' made against Michigan State University athletics
Since then, Dantonio has bested the team that once claimed dominance seven of the past nine times . MSU athletic director Mark Hollis said the security of individuals at the university is paramount.

Alphabet has confirmed it plans to use solar-powered, high-altitude balloons to support the restoration of "limited communications capability" in the USA unincorporated territory.

As Harris spotted, earlier today the FCC granted a "Special Temporary Authorization" to "support licensed mobile carriers' restoration of limited communications capability in areas of Puerto Rico". Private companies have stepped up to that challenge, like Tesla sending its Powerwall batteries and technicians (an effort that may be upgraded to building out PR's next grid, given the positive Twitter exchange between Governor Ricardo Rossello and Tesla CEO Elon Musk).

Just last week, the Loon team said it was looking into helping Puerto Rico, still devastated by Hurricane Maria, regain connectivity.

On September 29th the X team said it was looking into ways to help Puerto Rico with Project Loon, similar to the way it helped provide service in Peru after extreme rains and flooding struck the nation in March. It's a different story for Puerto Rico. To deliver signal to people's devices, Loon needs be integrated with a telco partner's network - the balloons can't do it alone.

Related news:

Hot News

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Rain Early, Some Sun Later
Oct 08, 2017 - 00:31
Rain from the remnants of Nate should end Tuesday morning and weather conditions are expected to improve during the afternoon. Overnight into the weekend, we'll have a couple sprinkles around but your plans should happen without any weather worries.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top A Nobel against nuclear risk
Oct 08, 2017 - 00:30
The Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons was agreed on by 122 countries at United Nations headquarters July 7. Treaty on the Prohibition of Nuclear Weapons , which was adopted by 122 nations in July this year.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Las Vegas gunman searched for hotels near Fenway Park
Oct 08, 2017 - 00:28
Paddock opened fire on a music festival in Vegas on Sunday night, killing almost 60 people and wounding hundreds more. Paddock, 64, went as far as booking a room in a Chicago hotel but did not show up, the officials said.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top India in seventh heaven as Australia crumble in Ranchi
Oct 08, 2017 - 00:25
The likes of Travis Head, Moises Henriques and Daniel Christian failed to make any kind of difference to the Australian total. When India's T20I squad for the series against Australia was announced, Ashish Nehra's name created the greatest buzz.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Justin Turner's big night fuels Dodgers to 1-0 series lead
Oct 08, 2017 - 00:20
Despite mounting concerns about his nerves, the fact that the big stage gets bigger seems to actually improve his pitching. This isn't a statement about the talent of the Diamondbacks at all, it's a statement about how good Clayton Kershaw is.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Puerto Rico put budget 'out of whack' but lives saved
Oct 08, 2017 - 00:18
Trump visited a church in Guaynabo where he distributed supplies to hurricane victims, including rolls of paper towels. Cruz wore a shirt that said " HELP US WE ARE DYING " Friday, in a CNN interview with Anderson Cooper.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Popularized by cartoon, McDonald's Szechuan sauce returns to Madison for one day
Oct 07, 2017 - 00:16
In April, a Ebay seller made almost $15,000 after he sold a bottle of the dipping sauce that he found in an old auto . Fast forward almost two decades later to the season premiere of smash hit Rick and Morty . "Technology is wonderful .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top New Justice League Trailer Coming, Hero Images Revealed
Oct 07, 2017 - 00:13
DC Entertainment President Diane Nelson told Vulture "there's no insistence upon an overall story line or interconnectivity". Though Affleck will continue to essay Batman , he has finally opened up about the criticism with which the film was greeted.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Mitsubishi drops more details on e-Evolution Concept
Oct 07, 2017 - 00:13
It can also control certain functions through voice commands, such as windshield wipers, climate control, lighting, etc. Set to debut later this month in Tokyo, the e-Evolution will provide a peek at the electric SUV of Mitsubishi's future.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Senate Launches Probe of NNPC GMD Over Kachikwu's Allegations
Oct 07, 2017 - 00:10
Baru later joined Muslim faithful, including Buhari for the Juma'at service in a mosque inside the Presidential Villa. The meeting with Buhari is coming three days after a memo from the Minister to the president leaked to the press.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Is this England squad good enough to succeed in Russian Federation ?
Oct 07, 2017 - 00:10
Harry gets put in that bracket and deserves to be. "That's one of the attributes I really like about him". England will wrap up their qualification campaign with a trip to Lithuania on Sunday. "They've done OK.

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Vegas shooting victim finds strength to stand when Trump enters hospital room
Oct 07, 2017 - 00:09
Stephen Paddock was found dead in the Mandalay Bay hotel after he targeted people at the Route 91 Harvest Festival. Paddock, killed 58 people in the shooting, which is now the deadliest in USA history. "It's a very sad thing".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Death toll at Brazil day care center rises to 7
Oct 07, 2017 - 00:08
It was also revealed that he was sacked from his position in September. The suspect died of his injuries at the hospital. I want to express my sympathy to the families".

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Bump Stocks Are Flying Off The Shelves Before Possibly Getting Banned
Oct 07, 2017 - 00:08
The No. 2 Senate Republican, John Cornyn of Texas, has made similar comments, as have other Republicans. Johnson's openness to banning such devices was shared by at least two House Republicans .

isis-killer-beheading-video-story-top Tamim sidelined for second Test against South Africa
Oct 07, 2017 - 00:07
The last time they played at this venue was in 2008 also against Bangladesh . As play was delayed, commentator Neil Manthorp tweeted out the reason.