Marketplace Tech Report for Friday, June 8, 2012
Jun 8, 2012

Marketplace Tech Report for Friday, June 8, 2012

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Hurricane season is right around the corner and the Federal Communications Commission is studying a plan to deploy emergency phone equipment in the air. Using drone planes, weather balloons and blimps, the FCC wants to effectively create floating cell phone towers. That way people could call to get rescued, call to get help, aid workers could coordinate efforts. We look at the possibilities and the challenges.

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FCC considering plan to launch floating cell towers

Jun 8, 2012
In the event of natural disaster, drone planes and weather balloons could restore communications.

Hurricane season is right around the corner and the Federal Communications Commission is studying a plan to deploy emergency phone equipment in the air. Using drone planes, weather balloons and blimps, the FCC wants to effectively create floating cell phone towers. That way people could call to get rescued, call to get help, aid workers could coordinate efforts. We look at the possibilities and the challenges.

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