December 17, 2015
Are several arms of the U.S. Government giving Google special treatment to enable it to secretly conduct a nationwide, two-year, test of Project Loon — Google’s ambitious scheme to be the first company to commercialize the stratosphere — in a manner that risks public safety, and environmental, and other harms?
Or are some agencies like the FAA, EPA, State, or DOD/NSA largely in the dark and unaware of how Google’s “secret commercially-valuable plan” awaiting approval at the FCC could disrupt fulfillment of their government duties?
In a nutshell, Google is asking the FCC to very quickly and quietly approve a commercially-secret national experimental radio license for a high-altitude balloon broadband ISP network that Google calls Project Loon and brands as “Balloon-Powered Internet for Everyone.”
The circumstances surrounding Google’s commercial request for exceptional secrecy are suspicious and raise more questions than answers. Google claims it wants to protect its trade secrets when it looks more like cover for Google getting special political treatment from the government that is not available to other companies.
One speculative, but plausible theory is Google may be hiding information that indicates it may bid in the FCC’s upcoming 600 MHz incentive auction, as a strategic keystone of Alphabet’s “Access” subsidiary’s “moon-shot” effort to ultimately divert the roughly half of the world’s Internet traffic that already passes through Google’s data centers off of competitive networks and onto its own end-to-end, largely-wireless, Android-driven, “GoogleNet” of Alphabet-Google owned/controlled spectrum, software, devices, and internet access infrastructure.