Google Inches Closer to Competing with Wireless Carriers – GOOGL

Google (GOOGL) is reportedly considering running its own Wi-Fi networks in towns and cities covered by its lightning-fast Google Fiber Internet service [IS].

According to IDG News Service, in a planning document sent to 34 cities that are the next candidates to receive Google Fiber in 2015, the search giant said it will be “discussing our Wi-Fi plans and related requirements with your city as we move forward…during this planning process.”

While the report’s details are vague in terms of specifics of the Wi-Fi plan, the document seems to suggest that Google is indeed considering extending its wireless management capabilities by deploying free public WiFi networks in its upcoming Fiber cities – thus stepping up pressure on traditional telecom carriers and Internet providers such as Comcast (CMCSA), Verizon (VZ) and AT&T (T). This also points to the possibility that Google could be getting into the MNVO business. That said, Google hasn’t publicly confirmed any of this yet, but we’ve reached out for comment and will update this post with any additional information we learn.

Currently, Google Fiber networks, which offers speeds of up to 1GB per second, much faster than most existing IS, have been built in Kansas City, Missouri and Provo, Utah. Earlier this year, Google identified 34 U.S. cities, including Austin, Phoenix, San Jose and San Antonio, as possible expansion sites.

Update: Google spokeswoman Jenna Wandres confirmed to Wallstreetpit the company’s Wi-Fi aspirations on Sunday.

“We’d love to be able to bring outdoor Wi-Fi access to all of our Fiber cities, although we don’t have any specific plans to announce right now,” she said.

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