Google is intent on building out its own wireless network, and the search giant is starting with coverage at its own Mountain View campus. According to the WSJ, Google’s possible partnership with Dish seems to have received the green light; the last possible hurdle is getting clearance from the FCC.
In fact, the FCC is actually where information has been spotted regarding the possibility of a Google network. Wireless engineer Steve Crowley uncovered the filing by Google, which details a 50 base station setup that can cover 200 “user devices.” What’s more, the network will support two narrow slivers of the 2.5GHz frequency band. That little tidbit is particularly noteworthy because it’s in the Cleawire realm, which Dish is trying to swoop up.
Google is reportedly treating this as an experiment—for now. If all goes swimmingly, who knows where the company will aim its sights next, or if it’ll expand network coverage any further. Perhaps Google’s own lawyers, who tried to keep part of the FCC document secret, told us all we need to know.
“The information for which confidential treatment is sought concerns the highly competitive consumer electronics market.”