Published: Sun, October 08, 2017
Economy | By Guillermo Lane

United States to boost military personnel in Puerto Rico: senator

United States to boost military personnel in Puerto Rico: senator

Project Loon works by relaying a signal beamed from a telecom partner on the ground through its network of balloons floating around 65,000 feet in the air, and then sending that signal down to people with cellphones.

In the aftermath of Hurricane Maria, Puerto Rico has struggled to regain communications services.

Communications remain patchy on the island.

Weeks ago Tesla sent hundreds of batteries that store power made by solar panels to the islands, and they are now making more for Puerto Rico.

Google's parent firm Alphabet on Friday received a permit from the US Federal Communications Commission to use balloons to provide hurricane-hit Puerto Rico with emergency cell service.

"We're grateful for the support of the FCC and the Puerto Rican authorities as we work hard to see if it's possible to use Loon balloons to bring emergency connectivity to the island during this time of need", said Libby Leahy, a spokesman for Alphabet's X division.

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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.

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".

Cisco Systems has sent a tactical team and says it is working with local government, emergency responders and service providers to facilitate restoration and recovery efforts.

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. Now around 10 percent of residents on the island have power.

The donations were shipped to Tampa Friday before being flown to Puerto Rico Monday.

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