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AT&T is Using a Drone to Provide Cell Service to Puerto Rico

Sara Rice, Social Media Intern, Consumer Technology Association (CTA)

Many companies have committed to helping Puerto Rico recover in the aftermath of Hurricane Maria. Alphabet’s Project Loon is providing emergency internet service in partnership with AT&T and T-Mobile. Now AT&T (a Consumer Technology Association [CTA] member) will be sending some help of their own in the form of a drone.

The telecommunications company is using an LTE-equipped drone to provide wireless connectivity to the island. Called a Flying COW (Cell on Wings), the drone hovers 200 feet about the ground and is capable of extending coverage up to 40 square miles or to 8,000 people. This is the first time AT&T has used Flying COW, but the company believes this technology has a lot of potential for use by first responders in the future. Watch the video below to learn more about how this technology works.

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