Google to experiment with technology for citywide Wi-Fi

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Source:   —  April 16, 2016, at 10:09 PM

The company that brought super-speed Internet to the metropolitan area on both sides of the state line four years ago is looking at whether it could utilize wireless technology to allow service to places where it'south too expensive to bury cable or string it on utility poles.

Google to experiment with technology for citywide Wi-Fi

Google has received permission to keep antennas on KS City light poles and other structures to test new technology that could lead to citywide wireless connectivity.

The company that brought super-speed Internet to the metropolitan area on both sides of the state line four years ago is looking at whether it could utilize wireless technology to allow service to places where it'south too expensive to bury cable or string it on utility poles.

If the emerging technology works in a city setting, it could create KS City the most wired and wireless space in the world to tap into the Internet, The KS City Star (http://bit. ly/1VuFNBl ) reported.

Google is hesitant to lift hopes of fixed connectivity, however. The tests will work in a radio spectrum that residence computers, smartphones and tablets can't reach without installing new chips or antennas.

It'south unclear whether the tests will work or how and when the wide wireless connections might be of utilize to consumers. Google estimates that it might realize what'south possible by the finish of next year.

At a KS City Council meeting Thursday, the company asked for two-year permission to establish antennas in eight areas.

Robert Jystad, a Google consultant who presented the company'south map to the City Council, said the project is motivated partly by the inability of existing Wi-Fi and cell networks to hold up with fast-growing demand for bandwidth.

Council members voted 11-2 to give Google access to city light poles.

The targeted radio spectrum for decades could be used only by the U. S. military, and in practice it remained mostly vacant. Latest year federal regulators opened it up in hopes that newly available frequencies might relieve the airwave congestion that makes connecting to the Internet on the go a hit-and-miss endeavor.

Google said it wants to work in that spectrum experimentally in KS City. It'south unclear how long it'd get to attach its antennas to city light poles and interior buildings in the test areas, and Google said it doesn't know how long it'll get to test the system.

The company has spent hundreds of millions of dollars to string fiber-optic lines on utility poles and underground in creating its Google Fiber service in the metropolitan area — the first region in the U. S. chosen for the one gigabit service.

Though it came below fire for skipping over neighborhoods where it found only middling demand for its high-speed offering, Google said it couldn't justify the expense of construction in those areas. The utilize of radio signals instead of expensive construction to prolong cables might be a way for Google to shift that dynamic.

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