Ready for some rampant speculation? The telecom rumor mill is getting into high gear after the Wall Street Journal revealed that Google recently submitted a filing to the Federal Communications Division seeking a license to create an “experimental radio service” at its Mountain View campus. A large portion of the filing is redacted as one might expect in the case of a secret project, but some interesting details survived the process and are catching people’s attention.
The filing asks for permission to use frequencies in the 2524 to 2546 MHz and 2567 to 2625 MHz ranges for testing purposes. Where this gets interesting is that those spectrum ranges happen to be owned by mobile wireless carrier Clearwire. Clearwire is currently caught in-between rival bids from Sprint and Dish and, just to add one more layer to the conspiracy theories, Google recently held talks with Dish about launching a wireless service.
So does this mean Google is planning on creating its own wireless network? Probably not, since the spectrum ranges being discussed are not used by any popular consumer mobile devices in the U.S. (though networks in Japan, China, and Brazil do utilize these frequencies). It’s more likely that Google is creating a local in-house network for its campus or just experimenting as the tech company likes to do. That isn’t going to quell the rumors though and, with Google refusing to comment on the matter, expect plenty of theories about what the company is up to behind closed doors.