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Google FCC filing hints at high-speed wireless plans

Search giant seeks experimental authorization for the 3.5GHz band to conduct testing in up to 24 US areas.

It looks like Google Fiber's next step for high-speed internet supremacy will be wireless.

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In a filing with the Federal Communications Commission, the company outlines plans to experiment with the 3.5 GHz band, spectrum that could "help relieve Wi-Fi congestion -- improving the experience of consumers accessing the Internet over wireless broadband."

The request for experimental authorization includes testing in the 3.4 to 3.8 MHz frequency range in up to 24 US areas including San Francisco, Mountain View, California, Boulder, Colorado and Omaha, Nebraska, according to the filing.

Don't expect to be part of the testing if you live in one of the areas, though. The request states testing will be done by Google's employees and contractors and may also be used, under close supervision, by "trusted testers" selected by Google.

In June, Google bought Webpass, a service that wirelessly delivers high-speed broadband to apartment buildings and businesses.

A Google spokesperson said the company doesn't have any additional comment beyond the FCC filing.

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