Google's Iowa satellite farm proposal could be a foundation for video services

Google (Nasdaq: GOOG) may be mum about what services it will ultimately deliver over its Fiber to the Home (FTTH) network in nearby Kansas City, but the Internet search giant's application with FCC to set up a satellite farm near its data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa shows that the mix will likely include video service.

The antennas would be used to receive broadcast video feeds that they could offer to consumers in a dual play service bundle.

A FCC Public Notice for Satellite Communication Services noted that Google wants to "register a C-band receive-only earth station and a Ku-band receive-only earth station in Council Bluffs, Iowa."

Viewing the satellites as a multiservice platform, Google said in the application that the satellites would be used to provide a mix of analog and digital audio, data and video services. The service provider is also asking to get access to the Intelsat 9 satellite for international television programs.

This application comes as Google begins to lay fiber in Kansas City, the first city chosen for its experimental FTTH project.

However, the service provider has remained tight lipped about what it will include in its service set. A Google spokesman said that "we're still exploring what product offerings will be available when we launch Google Fiber in Kansas City."

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