Google to test wireless broadband in Kansas City

Four years after bringing superspeed Internet connections to households in Kansas City, Google wants to use the city to test new wireless Fiber technology.

A Google consultant, Robert Jystad, presented the company’s plan Thursday morning to a Kansas City Council committee. The company is asking for two-year, discounted permission to put antennas on city light poles and other structures in eight areas around the city, including the Country Club Plaza. The tests will operate in a radio spectrum that will require special chips or antennas in laptops, tablets and smartphones to reach.

Google is also looking to test whether it could use the wireless technology to beam the Internet to places where it’s too expensive to bury cables or string it on utility poles.

If the wireless technology works, it could make Kansas City the most wired and wireless place to connect to the Internet.

Read more: Kansas City Star


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