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In case of yu just need to know, the Project Loon is a subsidiary project from Google's "X" t make the availability of internet in rural places and remote villages.

Musk, the chief executive of Tesla Inc, said on Friday the company would send more battery installers to Puerto Rico to help restore power after Hurricane Maria knocked out all power on the island over two weeks ago. When it hit, it was almost a category 5 storm, and pummeled the island with gusts and rains for more than 30 hours. The company deployed balloons to Peru earlier this year after flooding destroyed homes and displaced thousands of people in that country. Helping speed up the process is the Loon team's existing involvement with telecommunications provider Telefonica on the island. The FCC said yesterday that 83% of cell sites on the island are down, forcing carriers in the USA territory to employ backup methods in an effort to get their networks running.

Mr. Pai urged wireless carriers to cooperate with Project Loon "to maximize this effort's chances of success".

As Puerto Rico and its people continue to reel from the devastating effects of Hurricane Maria, two of the world's biggest tech companies have outlined plans for bringing power back to the Caribbean island and United States territory. Loon balloons have already been successfully launched in Peru back in May, providing Internet connectivity in flood zones around Lima, Chimbote, and Piura.

The #ProjectLoon team at X is exploring if it's possible to bring emergency connectivity to Puerto Rico.

The FCC's Mr. Pai has taken several other steps to address hurricane-related damage, including providing up to some $77 million in federal Universal Service Fund money to restore services in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands.

The Carribean country Puerto Rico has been caught with a deadly hurricane named Maria last day, of 150 miles per hour.

-Jack Nicas contributed to this article.



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