Maybe Google really WILL be my phone company…
My column on +Computerworld Saturday involved wishful thinking that Google would offer some kind of low-cost, high-speed Internet service broadly enough so that we could dump the AT&Ts of the world, and just use IP-based phone calls — in other words, use only mobile broadband connections for everything, and get rid of phone service altogether.
The Wall Street Journal reported yesterday that Google is building an experimental wireless network for its Mountain View headquarters that some analysts say could “portend the creation of dense and superfast Google wireless networks in o ther locations that would allow people to connect to the Web using their mobile devices.”
The network would have a two-mile radius and use frequencies that are incompatible with current phones and tablets, but would be compatible with future devices that would support wireless networks being built by China, Brazil and Japan.
We also know that the initial network will be housed in the same campus building that holds the Google Fiber team, which rolled out very cheap and very fast home Internet service in Kansas City, Kansas.
Could it be that Google could be contemplating the post-carrier nirvana I talked about where a “phone” is nothing more than an
via Dan Gildea – Google+ Posts https://plus.google.com/107599473296141942014/posts/BsvAotxpDnh