We all know that at this point Google is so much more than just a search engine. In fact, the company doesn't just want to be the number one site on the Internet - it wants to provide Internet access for you, too. That's why Google has been rolling out its speedy Google Fiber service across the country. Now, it might be experimenting with new technology that could let it deliver fiber-speed Internet to even more customers wirelessly.
There's some buzz around an application Google sent to the FCC the other day. The company wants approval to begin experimenting with data transmission over different over-the-air frequencies. One of those frequencies is called the millimeter-wave frequency. It's rarely used now but could carry a lot of data like an Internet connection. Google hasn't confirmed why it wants to test these frequencies, but there's a chance it could be used to create a very fast wireless Internet network at a cheaper price.
“From a radio standpoint it’s the closest thing to fiber there is,” said Stephen Crowley, a wireless engineer and consultant who monitors FCC filings, noting that millimeter frequencies can transmit data over short distances at speeds of several gigabits per second.
Google already has plans to bring high-speed Internet connections to 30 markets across the country and is providing free Internet in certain Starbucks locations. But, this recent news could further expand Google's footprint in the Internet provider industry.