With Google Fiber slowly being installed across the nation, it stands to reason that Google might want to do more than test the waters of providing internet. The Information is reporting that Google executives have discussed the idea of launching a wireless network in cities that have had Google Fiber installed. Google has reportedly reached out to both Verizon and Sprint to discuss a possible partnership, although discussions with Sprint took place in early 2013 and died out when Sprint was acquired by SoftBank. The discussions with Verizon, however, were said to have taken place this year, and there’s no confirmation on whether these are still in progress.
Obviously, the number of cities with Google Fiber is still extremely low. But Google is known for experimenting and could try this approach while switching to a partnered carrier when leaving Fiber cities. The Information also brought up the fact that Google could partially depend on Wi-Fi access points from the existing Fiber network. Devices on Google’s wireless network would automatically connect to a Google Fiber network whenever in range without needing to log into the network independently. They would act as mini-towers to connect to, with the wireless network providing service when the Fiber networks are either too far out of range or are insufficient for service.
A move like this would certainly raise some eyebrows and could be a risk for Google. Nonetheless, many of us can see Google experimenting with such a concept, even if it wasn’t meant for the nationwide mainstream.
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