About a month after Hurricane Maria's devastating landfall on Puerto Rico and a couple of weeks after the FCC gave clearance, Project Loon is bringing wireless internet to people on remote parts of the island. Part of (Google parent company) Alphabet's X innovation lab, the project uses balloons circling the Earth at high altitude to provide wireless connections. Now, it's partnered with AT&T to light up "limited" internet connectivity with support for text messaging, basic web access and email.
According to Project Loon, each balloon can provide coverage across up to 5,000 sq/km, so it hopes to cover most of the island. AT&T has been hard at work as well, and says that it's restored access to 60 percent of the population there, as well as 90 percent of the population in the US Virgin Islands.
Source: X Company (Medium)