WASHINGTON and MOUNTAIN VIEW, CALIF. –
Google is seeking an experimental
license to operate radio frequency gear in the airwaves of its Bay Area
headquarters. The search giant filed an application with the Federal
Communications Commission for a two-year license to run experimental equipment
on 2 GHz frequencies in Mountain View at a 3.2 mile radius.
Google’s game plan isn’t specified in the filing, but bloggers for both The
Wall Street Journal
the company is creating its own wireless network. However, the Mountain View
filing is for a “new or modified radio station,” where previous filings
specified experimental Wi-Fi operations.
On the Mountain View application, transmitting equipment model numbers are
listed as “confidential.” A directional antenna no more than six meters (app. 18 feet) in
height (not HAAT) is to be used. Peak output powers are not listed. The
authorization will not be used for “providing communications essential to a
research project,” it states.
Another of Google’s experimental licenses covers 2 GHz frequencies in
Cambridge, Mass., New York, Mountain View and Los Angeles, where the company is
testing next-generation Wi-Fi devices. The company was originally granted
Special Temporary Authority to test the devices on Jan. 26, 2012, and has since
received an extension for operations through Jan. 31, 2013.
Another STA for Google Fiber on 2 and 5 GHz frequencies in Palo Alto, Calif.,
is for “testing Bluetooth and Wi-Fi protocols and performance within an
integrated access point as part of a fiber residential gateway,” the filing
states. That STA runs through Feb. 6, 2013.
A previous STA involved experiments for advanced-driving assistance systems,
using “test vehicles
equipped with automatic cruise control radars in a manner that extends the
sensing range of the radars when a vehicle is not in motion.” It was granted
for 76-77 GHz in the San Francisco Bay area.
~ Deborah D. McAdams