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Project Loon is bringing wireless internet to the people of Puerto Rico.

About a month after Hurricane Maria’s devastating landfall on Puerto Rico and a couple of weeks after the FCC gave clearance, Project Loon is bringing wireless internet to people on remote parts of the island. Part of (Google parent company) Alphabet’s X innovation lab, the project uses balloons circling the Earth at high altitude to provide wireless connections. Now, it’s partnered with AT&T to light up “limited” internet connectivity with support for text messaging, basic web access and email.

AT&T has been hard at work since the hurricane and says that it’s restored access to 60 percent of the population there, as well as 90 percent of the population in the US Virgin Islands. According to Project Loon, each balloon can provide coverage across up to 5,000 sq/km, so it hopes to cover most of the island. The access is provided using LTE band 8, and should work for AT&T customers using devices like most recent iPhones (they will need an update first), Galaxy devices (from the S6 on), Moto G, Motorola Z2 Force, plus the BlackBerry Passport and KEYone.

Whether you’re connected to Project Loon or a regular tower, LTE will display on the phone the same way. Still, as the balloons float by in the stratosphere (launched from Nevada), the team says it’s hoping to provide connectivity during daylight hours. This is the second time Project Loon has played a part in disaster recovery, after it helped provide service in Peru (where it was already testing) after flooding early last year.

MultiHop.TV Highlights Carmelo Anthony Buys Puerto Rican Soccer Club

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Anthony’s new team, Puerto Rico FC, will begin play in the North American Soccer League in 2016.

“I’m very hands-on but it’s more about taking the time now during the offseason. I spend a lot of time in Puerto Rico training. I’ll do like a mini-training camp down there. Right now it’s about putting the right people in place so that when I’m back to my regular job, basketball is my main focus. I’ll have a solid group of people running (Puerto Rico FC) on a day-to-day basis.” he said.

“I just always kept it to myself and among my circle. Going to games, sneaking into games and just watching and being around the sport over the years. The more time I started spending in Puerto Rico over the past six, seven years I realized that there was kind of a void down there on my island. The island didn’t really have anything that they could kind of call their own, that they could represent not just on the island but from a global standpoint.”


MultiHop.TV Highlights Political Prisoner Oscar López Rivera

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Oscar López Rivera is a Puerto Rican nationalist and one of the leaders of the FALN.  The Fuerzas Armadas de Liberación Nacional. (In English – Armed Forces of National Liberation.)

In 1981, Rivera was convicted and sentenced to 55 years in federal prison for seditious conspiracy ( the same charge for which Nelson Mendala was imprisoned), use of force to commit robbery,  interstate transportation of firearms, and conspiracy to transport explosives with intent to destroy government property.  In 1988 he was sentenced to an additional 15 years in prison for conspiring to escape from prison.

Now age 72, Oscar Lopez Rivera is the longest-held political prisoner In Puerto Rican history.