Google and Tesla have plans to help rebuild Puerto Rico

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They were among several tech companies proposing disaster response ideas, most aimed at getting phone and internet service up and running.

Blumenthal did not specify when the rest of the military personnel would arrive, but Republican Senator Cory Gardner, speaking at the same news conference, said the plan to bring in more National Guard forces is "an assessment that has been made by the Department of Defense and.is now underway".

In a statement given to Engadget, a spokesperson for Alphabet's X lab said the team needs to work with a partner network of a local telecom, like Telefonica, to make it all work.

But many offers of help from big companies remain somewhat vague.

Freelance journalist Mark Harris spotted that Project Loon was granted permission earlier today by the FCC to provide the coverage to Puerto Rico. But that doesn't mean it will able to get them in the air anytime soon.

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Last Thursday, the Project Loon team at Alphabet's X division noted to Mashable that they were "working hard with the Puerto Rican authorities to see if there's a way for us to use Loon balloons to bring some emergency connectivity to the island during this time of need".

But there are limitations, she said Saturday.

"The goal of the [Special Temporary Authority] is to support licensed mobile carriers' restoration of limited communications capability in areas of Puerto Rico and the United States Virgin Islands affected by Hurricanes Irma and Maria", the license reads.

It was the strongest hurricane to hit the U.S. in over a century and the 155mph winds left Puerto Rico entirely without power. "The Hurricane Recovery Task Force will allow us to do just that", Pai also said. Even weeks later, only 10 percent of the island has power after thousands of phone towers were destroyed in the storm. But with its aircraft still in the testing phase, the company said Friday that the engineers it's sent to Puerto Rico are focused on providing support to NetHope's teams.

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