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FCC Approves Google's Project Loon Balloons for Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands

Project Loon balloons travel approximately 20 km above the Earth's surface in the stratosphere, well above airplanes, wildlife, and weather events. (Source: X Development)

The FCC has granted Alphabet's Project Loon an experimental license to operate in Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands for the purpose of helping the islands regain Internet connectivity. According to the license, "[t]he purpose of the STA is to support licensed mobile carriers' restoration of limited communications capability in areas of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands (MTA025) affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria." The special temporary licence is eligible between October 6, 2017, and April 4, 2018.

Percent Cell Sites Out-of-Service By County
Puerto Rico, 10/8/2017 - FCC
According to the latest FCC report, 81.7% (virtually no change from 81.9% yesterday) of cell sites are out of service in Puerto Rico. "All counties in Puerto Rico, except Bayamon, Catano, Carolina, Guaynabo, San Juan, and Toa Baja, have greater than 75% of their cell sites out of service. 22 (same as yesterday) out of the 78 counties in Puerto Rico have 100% of their cell sites out of service. Wireless communications providers are deploying to Puerto Rico Cell Sites on Wheels and Cell Sites on Light Trucks."

Related topics: Access Providers, Mobile Internet, Telecom, Wireless

 
   

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