We learned back in April that Google was planning to experiment with wireless Fiber service to extend the reach of its high-speed broadband service beyond cities, but the company wouldn’t be drawn on where it had in mind. An FCC filing spotted by Business Insider now appears to provide the answer.
A table in the filing reveals 24 locations spanning 17 states where Google is seeking permission to conduct tests, which are a mix of Fiber and non-Fiber locations …
Initial deployment will be in Atwater, Mountain View, Palo Alto, San Bruno, San Francisco, San Jose, Boulder, Kansas City, Omaha, Raleigh, Provo and Reston. The radius of operations ranges from 5km in Kansas City to a full 40km in Reston, Virginia. The full list of locations can be seen in the table below.
Google is seeking to operate the long-range WiFi service in the 3.4-3.8GHz band. A company spokesperson confirmed the trial in a brief statement to Business Insider.
We are working to test the viability of a wireless network that relies on newly available spectrum. The project is in early stages today, but we hope this technology can one day help deliver more abundant Internet access to consumers.
The bad news is that testing won’t be open to the public, Engadget noting that the company is limiting it to Google employees, contractors and ‘trusted testors.’