Google will use around 30 bal­loons To pro­vide cell ser­vices in puerTo rico

The Sunday Guardian - - Business - IANS

SAN FRANCISCO: A week af­ter a tweet from en­gi­neers of Google’s par­ent com­pany Al­pha­bet Inc in­di­cat­ing their plan to bring emer­gency con­nec­tiv­ity to hur­ri­cane-bat­tered Puerto Rico via in­ter­net-by-bal­loon “Project Loon”, the US Fed­eral Com­mu­ni­ca­tions Com­mis­sion (FCC) has given the com­pany the green sig­nal. The FCC has given Al­pha­bet per­mis­sion to fly 30 bal­loons over Puerto Rico and the US Vir­gin Is­lands for up to six months, re­ported late on Fri­day. Al­pha­bet’s bal­loons will help re­place the thou­sands of cell­phone tow­ers knocked down by hur­ri­cane-strength winds and pro­vide voice and data ser­vice through lo­cal car­ri­ers to users’ phones.

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