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Google Buys Seattle Wireless Startup Launched By Clearwire Folk
by Karl Bode 10:54AM Friday Jun 20 2014
Google this week quietly acquired Seattle-based wireless company Alpental Technologies, which was started by ex-Clearwire technologists Pete Gelbman and Mike Hart. While there has long been rumors of Google entering the wireless sector, Google's more interested these days in focusing on broadband delivery to places where wireless carriers often aren't (that's what Google Loon, which delivers LTE via broadband, is all about). Alpental appears to have been working on a next-generation wireless solution using the 60GHz band as a short range fiber supplementation technology.

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xthepeoplesx

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Cant wait!

I cant wait for Google fiber to come to my area but I am afraid that I might not be alive in 2200. Google needs to start working on extending the quality of life so we can all enjoy Google fiber one day!

I joke, but seriously what is taking them so long if this is a serious venture for them and not one of their throw outs?
shmerl

join:2013-10-21

Re: Cant wait!

Google never had a master plan to deploy fiber everywhere in short time. So may be they'll eventually expand more, but I won't expect them to do it very soon.

SlowFITL

join:2012-02-01
Mobile, AL
Do you realize how much money it would take to wire every city?
xthepeoplesx

join:2013-10-21

Re: Cant wait!

What are they doing then? What is their plan?
ITGeeks

join:2014-04-20
Cleveland, OH

Re: Cant wait!

Build out in one city. buy the other network for a single dollar bill and let the locals finish paying off the actual cost of the network. then when they have all that- talk the cities into giving them what ever they want with no real projected deadline/goal launch date insight.
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xthepeoplesx

join:2013-10-21

Re: Cant wait!

Woooohhhh this shit just got real.

anonomeX

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said by xthepeoplesx:

...but I am afraid that I might not be alive in 2200.

Luckily, Google has a new venture in the works: Google Clone. (It'll be announced on 4/1/2020, so you still have a chance!**)

(**one of you anyway)
wispalord

join:2007-09-20
Farmington, MO

Re: Cant wait!

no its on Feb 30th of 2020

tshirt
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This is the technology needed for faster fiber/cable deployment

strand mount to a wireless box (still needs power) make self installs/quickie installs easy, and no expensive drop/housewiring/ONT left behind for non-subscribers.
this could make a big chunk of the cost of the plant and delay it until install or forgo it all together (make people pay/rent the box from day one)