Google filed paperwork with the Federal Communications Commission last week to build an antenna farm in Council Bluffs, Iowa –the next step in creating its high-speed Internet service. The farm will be adjacent to an existing Google data center in Council Bluffs and just several hundred miles outside Kansas City, which won the bid to be the next Google Fiber-enabled community during a competition held last May.
The Data Center Knowledge website says, “In a FCC Public Notice (page 11) for Satellite Communication Services Google Fiber is seeking to ‘register a C-band receive-only earth station and a Ku-band receive-only earth station in Council Bluffs, Iowa.’ The satellites would be used to provide analog and digital audio, data and video services. The application discusses an array of 4.5 meter satellite dishes, and seeks access to transmissions from satellites including Intelsat 9, which carries international television programming.”
As to speculation regarding what other services Google might offer along with the high-speed Internet, Data Center Knowledge quotes a Google spokesperson who said, “we’re still exploring what product offerings will be available when we launch Google Fiber in Kansas City.” Electronista speculates that data received through these satellites might be bundled with the new Google Fiber service to possibly supplement or even replace traditional cable TV. It could be at least three weeks before the FCC hands down a decision on the antenna farm filing.
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