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.
If you haven't heard about Google Fiber by now, then you should definitely dip into Google's game-changing project that's already rolled out to two cities. Fiber, of course, refers to the fiber optic cables that Google is installing across U.S. cities to compete with local cable companies and internet providers.
With Google Fiber, all you have to pay for lifetime access to the Internet is a few hundred bucks. Google gives you a box that comes with the industry standard download/upload speed.
Google owes all of its success to the Internet. No company is better prepared to understand the power of information, nor the money-making potential behind the Internet.
I'm willing to bet that Google's high-density, blazing-speed plan for Wi-Fi is probably part of its plan for Google Fiber. It's already targeted two urban areas so far. Google has targeted my home in Phoenix, Arizona, for Fiber's next potential release.
Cable companies here and in other states have actually increased Internet speeds in preparation. Could you be getting faster Internet speed for free because of how scary Google Fiber is for your cable company? Click here to find out.