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Project Loon headed to help Puerto RicoThe FCC approved an experimental license for the program to attempt to bring internet service to the devastated island.
Project Loon is headed to Puerto Rico. Google's parent company Alphabet announced it's Innovation LabX with attempt to bring internet service to the people of Puerto Rico via project Loon. It's an experimental program that uses what looks like weather balloons, to provide connectivity to rural locations and areas struck by. By disaster. FCC Chief of Staff Matthew Berry announced on twitter the department had fast tracked a license for X to use Loon balloons in Puerto Rico. Eight carriers approved the X team's use of spectrum rights with the approval. Which should last up to six months as Puerto Rico recovers from the massive destruction from hurricanes Irma and Maria. According to flight radar 24.com there is already at least one balloon floating above the island. There is still some major hurdles to cover before the people of Puerto Rico will see significant connectivity. The Balloon was previously used in Peru after an earthquake rocked the country but it was able to mobilize quickly because it had already been testing in the area with a local telecom carrier. In this situation, balloon team will be essentially starting from scratch. So while there isn't a specific start date, the FCC license approval and carrier spectrum agreement are two big steps forward. We'll be keeping an eye on Project Loon's progress in Puerto Rico. Stay tuned to CNET. COM for more. I'm Ashley Esqueda. Be good humans.