Wednesday, 13 December, 2017

Google's parent company to restore wireless service in Puerto Rico using balloons

Locals collecting 'A little touch of heaven' for Hurricane Maria victims in Puerto Rico Plane carrying Houston delegation, medical supplies to Puerto Rico delayed
Andrew Cummings | 08 October, 2017, 00:57

"The objective of the [Special Temporary Authority] is to support licensed mobile carriers' restoration of limited communications capability in areas of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria", the license reads.

It could help provide the people of Puerto Rico with access to cellular service to connect with loved ones and access life-saving information. Musk is in talks with Ricadro Rossello, the island's governor, about what could be done.

Google is stepping into the crisis in Puerto Rico to help out with some cutting edge technology that will provide emergency phone reception.

Alphabet will attempt to provide service in Puerto Rico after the FCC approved their experimental license for Project Loon, an initiative that launches giant balloons with network hardware in them to provide internet access to users on the ground.

I'm in the best form of my career, says Kane
Possession failed to translate into clear-cut chances, though, and England's play soon deteriorated. I've managed to shoulder that for 20 years", he said.

"'We won't spare Black Stars" - Uganda captain
Captain Asamoah Gyan was withdrawn from the squad due to injury and his deputy Andre Ayew was not called up. Ghana coach Kwesi Appiah has admitted that it will not be easy playing Uganda in Kampala.

Akhilesh Yadav re-elected SP chief for 5 years
Earlier, the Samajwadi Party chief had a tenure of three years but the party constitution was amended to extend it to five years. However, while Akhilesh was the cynosure of all eyes, his father and party founder Mulayam Singh was on everyone's lips.

Tesla is also dedicating its services to hurricane relief efforts: yesterday, Elon Musk said that he could rebuild Puerto Rico's power grid in the long-term using solar energy. Loon needs be integrated with a telco partner's network-the balloons can't do it alone.

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

Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, speaking to news media after a bipartisan Congressional visit to the island, said Brigadier General Jose Reyes, Assistant Adjutant General of the Puerto Rico National Guard, told Blumenthal that "there will be 17,000 military personnel", including 8,600 National Guard troops from 13 US states.

Much of the ground work is being spearheaded by nonprofit organizations and small firms with expertise in rural or emergency communications. It's unclear to what extent Loon will cover Puerto Rico or parts of the Virgin Islands, or how many balloons the team plans to deploy. Even weeks later, only 10 percent of the island has power after thousands of phone towers were destroyed in the storm. "You don't have to announce you've lit up coverage".

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