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Cell service has mostly been down since Hurricane Maria hit the island.

Freelance journalist Mark Harris spotted that Project Loon was granted permission earlier today by the FCC to provide the coverage to Puerto Rico.

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".

Google is the latest company to bring relief to Puerto Rico as the island deals with the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. The Federal Communications Commission said Saturday that 82 percent of cell sites remain out in Puerto Rico; 58 percent are out of service in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

It's unclear if X has found a telecomm company to partner with in the US territory.

Alphabet, which announced its Project Loon in 2013 to use solar-powered, high-altitude balloons to provide internet service in remote regions, said in an FCC filing it was working to "support licensed mobile carriers' restoration of limited communications capability" in Puerto Rico.

As communication providers that were impacted by Hurricanes Harvey, Irma and Maria continue their recovery effort, the FCC has announced the creation of a Hurricane Recovery Task Force. Pai said that this includes the "the rebuilding of communications infrastructure and restoration of communications services".

Democratic Senator Richard Blumenthal, speaking to news media after a bipartisan Congressional visit to the island, said Brigadier General Jose Reyes, Assistant Adjutant General of the Puerto Rico National Guard, told Blumenthal that "there will be 17,000 military personnel", including 8,600 National Guard troops from 13 US states. It had partnered with a telecomm company and was testing balloons. Now around 10 percent of residents on the island have power.

"They noticed everyone in the plaza pulling their phones out", said CEO Vanu Bose.

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