People loved the Google Fiber idea when it was initially announced in 2010. Speedy internet which is 100 times faster— and it’s cheap? Sounded too good. But maybe that first plan was a slightly too ambitious.
Over the years, Google has continually worked with loads of communities and cities to create fiber optic groundwork that can convey gigabit speeds to neighborhoods and homes — this would allow you stream videos or download movies in seconds. Right now, announcing Google Fiber in a town is a protracted, expensive process. The company first has to work with the city leaders to prepare the groundwork for construction, and it needs to lay some cables underground, besides telephone lines, and in buildings and houses.
This all consumes time and money: the company has spent millions of dollars on such projects, according to The WSJ, and the service is only available in six metro areas. Given these obstacles, Google Fiber is purportedly working on a method to make installation cheaper, quicker, and more feasible. Reports from a new filing with FCC earlier this month show that Google has been trying a wireless-transmission technology which “relies on freshly available spectrum” to introduce Fiber quickly.
At present, Google Fiber clients can pay $70 per month for one-gigabit-per-second speeds with an extra $60 per month for the TV service of the company. It’s still unclear if the wireless technology will change the price, but, it should help accelerate Fiber’s spreading out and cut down installation costs.
One of Google’s recent purchases may help this transition. Two months ago, Google Fiber bought Webpass, a company that wirelessly transmits internet service using fiber-connected antennas on buildings. It is a concept that’s similar to Starry, a different ambitious company that impressed us earlier in the year.