Google to use Project Loon balloons to restore some cell service to Puerto Rico7
Google launched Project Loon by sending balloons into the skies above New Zealand. The balloons were equipped with technology that would allow them to provide cellular service to remote areas where such service doesn't exist. In a filing with the FCC, Google wrote that it wanted approval to use the balloons to "support licensed mobile carriers’ restoration of limited communications capability" in Puerto Rico.
FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced on Friday the creation of a Hurricane Recovery Task Force that would focus on rebuilding Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands. Pai said that this includes the "the rebuilding of communications infrastructure and restoration of communications services."