Homes in Chicago may soon get to test a wireless version of Google’s blazing fast Fiber internet, according to a recent FCC filing.
In the filing, Google is seeking permission to test the wireless broadband service in 24 US locations, including Chicago, Boulder, Las Vegas, Austin, and Raleigh. Google has been testing the wireless Fiber technology in Kansas City, but the FCC filing indicates that Google is preparing to roll the service out to more cities across the country. The filing was spotted first by Business Insider.
Currently, in areas that have Google Fiber, Google uses high bandwidth fiber optic cable to connect homes to the service. But that plan requires a lot of time and money, and a wireless service, which would combine fiber cable with wireless technology, could prove more cost effective and get Fiber internet into homes quicker. Google’s acquisition of wireless internet startup Webpass is helping the company expand the service, according to Bloomberg.
Google says its looking to test the service for a period of two years. It’s unclear when the testing would begin, but Google said in the FCC filing that it would initially test in Atwater, California, Mountain View, California, Palo Alto, California, San Bruno, California, San Francisco, California, San Jose, California, Boulder, Colorado, Kansas City, Kansas, Omaha, Nebraska, Raleigh, North Carolina, Provo, Utah, and Reston, Virginia.
Google announced last year that it had Chicago on its short list of potential Fiber cities, writing in a blog post that it was “inviting Chicago and Los Angeles to explore bringing Google Fiber to their cities.”
“In Chicago, fiber Internet will help bolster a fast-growing startup scene by fueling incubators like 1871, venture capital funds like Chicago Ventures and hundreds of small businesses,” Google wrote in the blog post. “With the help of the city’s leadership, Internet speeds can help attract more tech talent and add to the 40,000 tech jobs that exist across the Windy City.”
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