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Google Aims to Expand Its High Speed Wireless-Fiber Connection

Aug 15, 2016 04:02 AM EDT
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Google has recently filed a request to the United States Federal Communications Commission for confidential treatment and complementary exhibits of their application for an Experimental Radio Service License.

According to the US FCC filing, Google is asking for authorization to conduct testing in up to 24 U.S. areas, including six regions in California, Boulder, Colorado, Kansas City, Kansas, Omaha, Nebraska, Raleigh, North Carolina, Provo, Utah, and Reston, Virginia.

The experimental transmitter of Google would operate from 3400 to 3800 MHz frequency range covering multiple allocated bands and variety of incumbent services. Due to the high frequency range of their experimental transmitters, Google will deploy and operate its equipment in a manner that will avoid interference to other authorized users.

"We are working to test the viability of a wireless network that relies on newly available spectrum," a spokesperson from Google told Business Insider. "The project is in early stages today, but we hope this technology can one day help deliver more abundant Internet access to consumers."

The decision of the tech company to shy away from their initial Google Fiber cables and turn to wireless technology in connecting homes to the internet was made after their initial roll outs were more expensive and time-consuming than what they expected. With Google Fiber, the company has spent hundreds of millions of dollars digging up streets and laying fiber-optic cables.

"We're continuing to work with city leaders to explore the possibility of bringing Google Fiber to many cities," read in a statement from Google reported at Wall Street Journal. "This means deploying the latest technologies in alignment with our product road map, while understanding local considerations and challenges, which takes time."

Two months ago, Google has bought the point-to-point wireless internet firm Webpass for an undisclosed sum. With the acquisition of Webpass, Google can expand their services into dense, urban areas with apartment buildings with multiple units.

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