Google recently filed an application with the FCC in an effort to conduct a wireless Internet test. Much of the FCC application is currently confidential and therefore is unknown how it will operate.
If Google has their way with the FCC they will soon be testing an experimental wireless Internet of their own, albeit just for themselves. Based on the application alone it seems they are looking to conduct the tests at their Mountain View, California headquarters with 50 smaller base stations set both indoors and out, with 200 user devices.
The frequencies being requested are in the 2524-2546 and 2567-2625 MHz range, which are all part of the Educational Broadband Service (EBS). It also marks the first time that Google has requested a radio test in the mobile broadband frequency range with all previous being in the standard 2.4 – 5 GHz band. The transmitters will have a range of 100-200 meters inside buildings, and 500-1000 meters out of doors. The testing will only be conducted within a two-mile radius of their headquarters for now.
It is apparent that Google is in the process of expanding their product offerings with the amount of changes being made. This latest request to the FCC only satisfies rumors that the company wants to make a wireless network of their own. The Wall Street Journal published a report in November 2012 concerning Google and DISH Network having talks about a Wi-Fi partnership deal. Another example is when the company began offering their Google Fiber Internet to the Kansas City area in August of last year.
Beginning in early January of this year, Google announced plans to offer free Wi-Fi to parts of New York’s Chelsea neighborhood, which is home for their NY headquarters. The Wi-Fi network they will be servicing about 7,000 people, which includes approximately 5,000 local students and possibly millions of tourists.