After the destructive hurricanes Irma and Maria passed through the territory of this state, 83% of the territory of Puerto Rico has no connection. The situation is so close to catastrophic that the Federal Communications Commission of the United States has given kindness to Alphabet Corporation (Google) for the implementation of the “Project Loon” program in this region.
The idea of the project is very simple, but ambitious – Google engineers have developed balloons for hanging them in the stratosphere over the territory where you need to create access to the Internet. Each ball carries solar panels, telecommunications equipment and a navigation system. And everyone who has a gadget on the ground under them with a wireless module can access the Internet for free.
Technologies for distributing the Internet from stratospheric spheres have already been tested in New Zealand and Brazil, and Alphabet has agreements on the deployment of such systems in Sri Lanka and Indonesia. After the catastrophic floods and landslides in Peru at the beginning of this year, Project Loon has been successfully implemented in this country. True, I had to cooperate with the local telecommunications operator Telefonica and re-plan the lines of communications for new realities.
The last point is a stumbling block in the development of the concept of “the Internet from heaven” – Google does not give a blessing just like that, but integrates into local communication systems with far-reaching plans. The authorities are naturally wary of such interventions, so the license to work in Puerto Rico has a trial status and will only be valid until April 2018. But Google will have the opportunity to benefit the inhabitants of the neighboring Virgin Islands.