A group of tech giants are anticipating to yield some electronic service after Puerto Rico’s electric grid and communications infrastructure were ravaged by Hurricane Maria.
In the arise of the lethal storm, Facebook CEO Mark Zuckerberg affianced to send a “connectivity team” to help revive communications on the island.
As of Saturday, only 422 of 2,671 dungeon phone antennas are operational in the U.S. territory, according to the Federal Communications Commission.
And only 24% of the islands dungeon towers are running.
The FCC’s daily standing report also shows poignant wireline, TV and radio outages sojourn in both Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.
While the group is moving brazen with liberation efforts, combining a charge force this week and authorized an allege of $77 million to support carriers operative to revive telecommunications services, it is also welcoming outward help.
It gave Google primogenitor company Alphabet the go-ahead Friday to yield Wi-Fi and dungeon phone service around balloons.
The Wi-Fi fix, dubbed Project Loon, uses solar-powered, high-altitude balloons to yield internet service in remote regions.
Google to yield dungeon service for Puerto Rico using balloons
“We’re beholden for the support of the FCC and the Puerto Rican authorities as we work tough to see if it’s probable to use Loon balloons to bring emergency connectivity to the island during this time of need,” Libby Leahy, a orator for Alphabet’s X division, told the Associated Press on Saturday.
The private companies have stepped up to the image in Puerto Rico as the Trump administration faces continued critique for its delayed response to the disaster.
Nearly 95% of the island’s residents are still vital in the dim after Maria wiped out the island’s energy network.
Two weeks after the charge struck, killing 34 people, hospitals and hundreds of thousands of residents are still struggling but electricity and communications, relying on generators if they are lucky.
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Beside Facebook and Google, Tesla CEO Elon Musk betrothed Friday to ramp up prolongation of solar-powered batteries that could help revive electricity.
Puerto Rico administrator Ricardo Rosselló tweeted on Friday that he had a “great initial review with @elonmusk tonight. Teams are now talking; exploring opportunities. Next stairs shortly to follow.”
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