Google is planning to offer Wi-Fi networks in the cities where it supplies fiber internet,according to documents being circulated to the next 34 cities on Mountain View’s broadband hit list. Earlier this month, sources “who have discussed the matter with Google” told at The Information that the company hadplans to become a wireless carrier. Now, documents being circulated to the 34 cities that Google is planning to roll out fiber in during 2015 explain that it has plans to provide Wi-Fi alongside hard-wired internet.
Google is considering deploying Wi-Fi networks in towns and cities covered by its Google Fiber high-speed Internet service. The disclosure is made in a document Google is circulating to 34 cities that are the next candidates to receive Google Fiber in 2015. Specific details of the Wi-Fi plan are not included in the document, which was seen by IDG News Service, but Google says it will be “discussing our Wi-Fi plans and related requirements with your city as we move forward with your city during this planning process.” If the plan goes ahead, it would be a further step by Google toward competition with traditional telecom carriers. For citizens of the cities involved, it could mean increased reliance on services by the dominant Internet company.