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Google subsidiary Google Fiber, Inc. is seeking permission to place satellite antennas on land near its data center in Council Bluffs, Iowa. The antennas could be used to receive content feeds from broadcast networks that could be bundled with a high-speed fiber service.
In a FCC Public Notice (page 11) for Satellite Communication Services Google Fiber is seeking to “register a C-band receive-only earth station and a Ku-band receive-only earth station in Council Bluffs, Iowa.” The satellites would be used to provide analog and digital audio, data and video services. The application discusses an array of 4.5 meter satellite dishes, and seeks access to transmissions from satellites including Intelsat 9, which carries international television programming.