Linked by Thom Holwerda on Sun 22nd Oct 2017 17:04 UTC
Internet & Networking

Apple, AT&T, the FCC and Alphabet's X division have all put into motion efforts to give residents of Puerto Rico more cellular connectivity.

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. This will allow iPhones to connect to Alphabet X's Project Loon balloons in the region, which were activated today.

This should allow users to send text messages and access some critical online services.

It's always a welcome change of pace to see companies like this working together to help people in need. Good work, Alphabet/Google, Apple, and AT&T.

Now there's a sentence you won't hear very often.

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That's quite shocking
by Poseidon on Sun 22nd Oct 2017 20:23 UTC
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There's something to be said when private companies and private citizens are more willing to help than the executive government (The executive government is offering Puerto Rico a loan, not an aid package).

Good on these companies.

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