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Project Loon’s Communication Balloons

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Google X’s Communication Balloon System

FCC ​Approves ​Project ​Loon

The Federal Communications Commission has recently approved Project Loon an experimental license to operate in Puerto Rico & U.S. Virgin Islands for the purpose ​of ​helping ​the ​islands ​regain ​connectivity ​as ​reported ​by ​the The Verge.

According to FCC chairman Ajit Pai, “More than two weeks after Hurricane Maria struck, millions of Puerto Ricans are still without access to much-needed communications services” & “that’s why we need to take innovative approaches to ​help ​restore ​connectivity ​on ​the ​island. ​Project ​Loon ​is ​one ​such ​approach.”

Libby Leahy, a spokesman for Google’s X division says, “We’re grateful for the support of the FCC & the Puerto Rican authorities as we work hard to see it it’s possible to use Loon balloons to bring emergency connectivity to the island during ​this ​time ​of ​need.”

What ​is Project Loon?

According to the official Project Loon website, it “is a network of balloons travelling on the edge of space, designed to extend Internet connectivity to people in rural & remote areas worldwide.” Project Loon’s high-altitude balloons are designed to send cellular and/or internet signals from more than 12 miles above ​the ​earth.

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