FAA approves “Flying Cow” drones to restore Puerto Rico cell network.

The tethered Flying Cow drones will act as mobile cell towers in the sky while repairs in the area take place.

The US Federal Aviation Administration (FAA) has approved the use of drones to act as mobile cell phone towers in the ravaged area of Puerto Rico.

Close to two months after the Caribbean island was struck by Hurricane Maria, buildings remain in tatters and there is still a lack of cellphone reception, electricity, and online access.

Residents are able to apply to the Federal Emergency Management Agency (Fema) for assistance, but as reported by The Guardian, there is no longer an infrastructure available which allows citizens to do as much as make a phone call or fill out an online form.

 

Without what we now often consider basic services in the West, residents have been left, in many accounts, stranded without a means to access help.

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