Google Fiber, brought to select cites in 2011, was reasonably priced and super fast. It became widely popular in the few cities where it was available. Mainly because Fiber offered a much welcome alternative to most internet providers. Now Google has announced they want to set up a wireless service to “beam” wireless service into homes all across the nation.
While Google hasn’t yet figured out how to make the technology work, a solution would represent a big boon to the broadband industry, Re/code reported. It would solve what’s called the “last mile problem,” which is typically addressed by the slow, expensive process of stringing a web of wires directly into homes.
Google Fiber is now working on connecting wireless towers to existing fiber lines by experimenting with different wireless technologies to make that happen. If Google develops a solution, its parent company, Alphabet, would be able to build a nationwide network to compete with existing giants like A&T, Verizon and Comcast.
Google is not the only tech company experimenting with this development: Facebook announced an initiative Wednesday to develop wireless Internet. While Facebook doesn’t want to build or operate the wireless networks, Google Access, which oversees Fiber, does hope to do so. “We’re really transitioning from our earlier work, which was more of an experiment, to a real business,” Access CEO Craig Barratt told Re/code.
Barratt declined to comment on a specific timetable or expenses that the project will entail. Yet it seems safe to assume the company’s investment will be significant: The plan to develop “abundant and ubiquitous networks” will provide “some real benefit to the Internet as a whole,” Barratt said.