In Puerto Rico, thanks to fast-track approval given buy the FAA, drones are now part of the recovery effort. Specifically drones are being used to restore voice, data and Internet services to the entire island. A great example of this is the AT&T "Flying COW" (Cell on Wings). The deployment of the "Flying COW" in Puerto Rico is unique because it's the first time a drone has been successfully used to connect residents to services post disaster. The project has been hugely successful too; AT&T is reporting 80% of Puerto Rico's cell customers now have service (up from 63%).
In a recent VentureBeat article titled "AT&T and Intel test drones’ capabilities on LTE beyond line of sight and at higher altitudes," Paul Sawers writes about how AT&T and Intel, with an eye to the future, are now testing beyond line of site drone control using LTE connections. I say eye to the future because current [...]