Report: Google Wants to Become a Network

By Adam Clark Estes on at

Google bosses are dreaming about adding wireless services to the search giant's menu of offerings, in the US at least. A couple of unnamed sources "who have discussed the matter with Google" told Amir Efrati at The Information that it would roll out the service in the same areas where Google Fiber is offered. In other words, Google wants it all.

Think about it. Google already owns the fiber underground in the US, not to mention the most popular browser. They help make the smartphone hardware and rule the smartphone software market with Android. And now they want to own the airwaves, too. If the search giant follows through on this mobile network plan, you could one day do all of your downloading, internet browsing, emailing, calling, texting—pretty much any and all forms of communication—without leaving the Google ecosystem.

Google as your one-stop wireless shop isn't necessarily a bad thing, though, especially given how broken the American wireless system is right now. Or at least, the idea of Google disrupting the wireless industry isn't. Everybody hates their carrier. Customer service is awful across the board, and the US of A is getting eclipsed in speed by the rest of the world. With AT&T and Verizon scooping up every small wireless carrier they can, we'll likely have even fewer bad choices in the future. So if what Google plans to do with wireless is anything like what it's done with Fiber, the move to become a carrier could be very good for consumers.

For now, it seems a little bit like a pipe dream, though. Google executives hope a lot of things. The average American, however, really should hope that some saviour swoops in to clean up the mess that is the mobile network industry. [The Information]