Google's steady-as-she-blows takeover of most of the tech world has come to a full halt. The holdup this time, though, is federal regulations limiting the usage of specific points on the radio spectrum.
You see, while most cell networks operate within the 600-700 Mhz spectrum, Google's latest idea to bring Wi-Fi to public spaces needs to operate on the 3.5 Ghz band.
The 600-700 Mhz spectrum has a wider range. It's wide enough to allow cell carriers to transmit signals nationally. The 3.5 Ghz band has a much smaller range, but operates more quickly.
The plan is to use the 3.5 Ghz band to replace Wi-Fi in urban areas. The decreased range but increased download speeds make the band perfect for major cities, parks and other public spaces.