Alphabet close to deploying balloons to restore telecommunications to Puerto Rico

Signal of change / Alphabet close to deploying balloons to restore telecommunications to Puerto Rico

By Rodrigo Bautista / 10 Oct 2017

Elsewhere, things are looking up. Like, 12.5 miles up. Alphabet is close to deploying balloons to restore telecommunications to Puerto Rico after Hurricanes Irma and Maria wiped out cell coverage for over 90 percent of the island.

 

Alphabet Closer to Using Balloons for Telecom in Puerto Rico

Last Friday, engineers on Google parent Alphabet's internet-by-balloon Project Loon tweeted that they hoped to bring emergency connectivity to Puerto Rico after Hurricanes Irma and Maria left more than 90 percent of the island without cellphone coverage.



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