Google is about to test something secretive across all of the US — and it sounds exactly like its Project Loon balloons (GOOG, GOOGL) – Silicon Alley

Google appears to be planning to test its Project Loon internet balloons across the entire US, according to recent documents filed with the FCC. The company has asked the Federal Communications Commission for a license to test experimental radios that use wireless spectrum in the millimeter bandwidth in all 50 states and Puerto Rico. Google said it wants to begin the tests on January 1 for a period of 24 months. The testing could indicate that Google is broadening its ambitions for providing consumers with internet access through the special balloons developed in its secretive X Labs. Project Loon is Google's plan to operate a fleet of solar-powered balloons — flying at an altitude of 60,000 to 90,000 feet — that are capable of beaming internet access down to the earth. Google has described the project as a way to bring internet access to people in developing economies and regions of the world that lack communications infrastructure. In October, Google a ...

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