FCC creates hurricane task force to aid recovery in Puerto Rico

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The FCC said on Friday that 83 percent of cell sites remain out of service, while wireless communications company are deploying temporary sites.

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.

Mr Musk said he was diverting resources from a semi-truck project to fix Model 3 bottlenecks and "increase battery production for Puerto Rico & other affected areas". The island, home to almost 3.5 million people, remains crippled by the Category 4 storm that struck last month, which disabled more than 90 percent of Puerto Rico's cell towers and left its communications infrastructure in shambles.




The Carribean country Puerto Rico has been caught with a deadly hurricane named Maria last day, of 150 miles per hour. The X innovations team that runs Project Loon, which was spun out of Google, now needs to finalize a telecomms firm to partner with. Pai said that this includes the "the rebuilding of communications infrastructure and restoration of communications services".

"Communication is critical during a disaster", Zuckerberg said after the hurricane hit, announcing that employees from his company's connectivity team-the same group working to build high-altitude drones that can beam internet service down to Earth-were heading to Puerto Rico.

Earlier, FCC Chairman Ajit Pai announced he was forming a Hurricane Recovery Task Force with an emphasis on addressing challenges facing Puerto Rico and the US Virgin Islands. Billionaire Elon Musk, co-founder of Tesla, has approached Puerto Rico about restoring the island's shattered electrical infrastructure using solar energy technology. Even weeks later, only 10 percent of the island has power after thousands of phone towers were destroyed in the storm.

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