It sounds as though Google's Project Loon engineers are coming up with workable solutions a lot faster than anyone may have dreamed.
Google announced it will use existing fiber to roll out its Internet service to "some apartments, condos and affordable housing properties" in San Francisco, the 22nd metro area where Google Fiber is landing. Google Fiber will run up against Comcast, AT&T, Webpass, Monkeybrains and other existing Internet service providers in San Francisco.
BARCELONA, Spain-- In its continuing efforts to push the RCS standard for messaging, the GSMA announced that Google will create an RCS client for Android. A number of global operators including América Móvil, Deutsche Telekom, and Vodafone voiced support for the move, but Sprint was the only U.S. carrier that added its name to the list of supporting wireless operators.
Siding with CTIA, Google is urging the FCC to reject satellite industry claims about potential interference in the 3.5 GHz band and allow network operators to deploy higher power devices when sited in clutter.
Separately, they've been active in the 3.5 GHz arena, but now Google, Intel, Nokia, Qualcomm, Federated Wireless and Ruckus Wireless are getting together to announce their shared commitment to promote solutions using the 3.5 GHz Citizens Broadband Radio Service (CBRS) band that the FCC acted on last year.
With an eye toward a future that will include a whole lot more sharing of spectrum, Ruckus Wireless will demonstrate OpenG technology in collaboration with Qualcomm during Mobile World Congress (MWC) 2016 in Barcelona, Spain.
The FCC's newly approved rules aimed at unlocking the pay-TV set-top box business have been getting a lot of attention. But Dish Network CEO Charlie Ergen said the retrans rules, which are currently being considered for revision by the FCC, are more pertinent to consumers.
Some tech companies are slowly coming out of the woodwork in support of Apple CEO Tim Cook, who yesterday posted an open letter explaining why his company is defying a California judge's order to crack an iPhone linked to the horrific San Bernardino shootings in December.
Continuing to hammer away at FCC Chairman Tom Wheeler's proposal to create new regulations the pay-TV set-top leasing business, AT&T noted that would-be third-party set-top manufacturers like Google wouldn't be beholden to the same privacy requirements as cable and satellite operators.
Internet giant and Android creator Google said it will not bid for 600 MHz spectrum licenses in the FCC's upcoming incentive auction of TV broadcasters' spectrum. Google will join Sprint, Charter Communications and other tech heavyweights in sitting out the event.