Google has been laying down fiber cables for four years, but parent-company
Alphabet is already thinking about a future where you don’t have to dig “up your garden”
to get high-speed internet access. In another moonshot project, Alphabet wants to
wirelessly beam it into your home.
Why? It’s cheaper, and apparently the technology today makes it viable, according to Alphabet’s Chairman Eric Schmidt at the annual shareholder meeting. Thanks to improved computer chips and accurate “targeting of wireless signals,” Alphabet executives believe they can transmit internet connections at a gigabit per second — the same speed Google Fiber promises with its fiber-optic network, according to the Wall Street Journal. It would likely require a special device in the home to receive these wireless signals.