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Google Fiber Wants to Test Wireless Home Internet in 24 Cities

The test includes 12 U.S. cities

Alphabet Inc (NASDAQ:GOOG,NASDAQ:GOOGL) has announced plans to test Google Fiber in 24 U.S. locations.

Google Fiber
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The tech giant issued a filing with the Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with the intent of testing its new wireless broadband service, which is reportedly 100 times faster than regular broadband.

The trial will occur over a two-year period in 24 locations, including 12 cities. The locations include cities like San Francisco — which already has Google Fiber — and places Boulder, Colorado, which does not have the service.

“We are working to test the viability of a wireless network that relies on newly available spectrum,” Google said in an emailed statement.

The testing that Alphabet will carry out will examine a number of factors, such as how well radio waves travel in buildings, and how much interference a city’s architectural works cause Google Fiber.

At first, the test will only be offered to Google employees, contractors and “trusted testers.” Eventually, it will be rolled out to the public.

The company will likely use technology from its recent acquisition — internet provider Webpass — to reach a wider audience in a more effective manner.

The gigabit-speed service was most recently added to two apartment complexes to Charlotte, North Carolina, where residents have until Sept. 1 to sign up.

Check out a list of cities that have the service, such as Nashville and Atlanta; cities that will have the service, such as San Antonio and Salt Lake City; and cities that may one day have Fiber, such as Louisville and Chicago.

GOOG stock is up 0.1% Thursday. GOOGL stock is up 0.1%.

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