A mesh network spontaneously erupts in the US and helps connect Puerto Rico

 When goTenna put out their Mesh device earlier this year, I thought the off-grid gadgets would be great for an emergency kit or back country hike. But it turns out that I underestimated the demand for a resilient, user-powered mesh network: dedicated nodes now populate cities across the country, and volunteers are using them to get Puerto Rico back online after a devastating hurricane season. Read More

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Tesla makes quick work of Puerto Rico hospital solar power relief project

 Tesla CEO Elon Musk noted on Twitter that Tesla’s solar team could indeed outfit Puerto Rico with power facilities that could be used to generate and store power reserves when the existing grid isn’t available, as it has been after the U.S. territory faced the devastation of hurricane Maria. Now, Tesla is showing that it’s making good on its promise of help, with… Read More

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Apple and AT&T activate provisional LTE Band 8 to give iPhone users in Puerto Rico cellular service

 Apple has been working with AT&T to extend and activate cell service for users in Puerto Rico. To improve what is a terrible connectivity situation there, it’s going to enable a provisional band of LTE that has been recently approved, but not activated in the US and Puerto Rico, where it has not been licensed. Because LTE is not licensed on Band 8, many phones have not yet been… Read More

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Zuckerberg apologizes for his tone-deaf VR cartoon tour of Puerto Rico devastation

 Mark Zuckerberg is apologizing today after his Facebook Live video discussing his company’s efforts to aid Puerto Rico’s recovery raised some serious eyebrows. Yesterday, Zuckerberg used the company’s VR app Spaces to tour through an NPR-produced 360 video of Puerto Rico. Zuck’s cartoon avatar pointed attention to various features of Puerto Rico’s destruction… Read More

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Google parent Alphabet looks to restore cell service in Puerto Rico with Project Loon balloons

 The FCC has given approval for Google parent company, Alphabet, to help Puerto Rico and the Virgin Islands regain wireless service. The company will attempt to enable LTE connectivity using its high-flying Project Loon balloons. BREAKING: FCC issues experimental license to Google to provide emergency cellular service in Puerto Rico through Project Loon balloons.
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Puerto Rico governor says “Let’s talk” after Elon Musk offers to solve the island’s power crisis

 Puerto Rico’s power grid has been practically demolished in the wake of hurricane Maria. It now has a once in a lifetime opportunity to rebuild and the island’s governor Ricardo Rossello wants to have a chat with Elon Musk about his recent offer to use Tesla batteries and solar power for the the job. Only 10 percent of the island has power at the moment and, according to… Read More

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