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Google parent company sends up solar-powered balloons to bring internet service to Puerto Rico 

Google parent company sends up solar-powered balloons to bring internet service to Puerto Rico 

Google's parent Alphabet Inc. said Friday that its stratospheric balloons are now delivering the internet to remote areas of Puerto Rico where cellphone towers were knocked out by Hurricane Maria.

Two of the search giant's “Project Loon” balloons are already over the island enabling texts, emails and basic web access to AT&T customers with handsets that use its 4G LTE network.

The balloons — called HBAL199 and HBAL237 — are flying at an altitude of more than 60,000 feet above land, according to FlightRadar24.com. They navigate using an algorithm that puts them in the best position to deliver a signal by rising...

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