Wireless fiber is coming, albeit not for another five years or so. A cheaper way for internet providers to extend their current network reach, wireless fiber promises much higher download speeds, without having to run wire through existing buildings. This is an exciting development for homeowners and businesses whose homes or offices are just out of reach (sometimes by a tenth of a mile or less) from the speedy goodness of fiber, but whose internet providers simply cannot justify the cost of hooking up them and all their neighbors to the fiber network.

Google, Verizon, and AT&T are already holding, or planning to hold, wireless fiber trials in various locations across the U.S. AT&T is bringing the technology to Austin first, and then to Middletown, N.J. Meanwhile, Google has requested permission to conduct tests in the 71-76 and 81-86 GHz millimeter wave bands, as well as the 3.5, 5.8, and 24 GHz bands, which seems to indicate that Google Fiber will also be involved in the wireless fiber mix. Verizon has gone so far as to rent out entire buildings, fill the apartments with electronic equipment, and run wireless fiber tests in a real-world environment.

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