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Google looks to build satellite farm in Iowa to receive high speed data

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A new FCC public notice from Google shows that the company has plans to build an array of satellite dishes in Council Bluffs, Iowa.

Satellite array
Satellite array

Google is looking to build an array of 4.5 meter wide satellite dishes in the town of Council Bluffs, Iowa. Company subsidiary Google Fiber — which recently announced plans to lay down fiber optic cable in Kansas City — has filed an FCC Public Notice seeking to build two earth stations in Council Bluffs, which would be used for "analog and digital audio, data, and video services." Each proposed station would be receive-only, with one covering C-band and the other Ku-band. While a small town on the western edge of Iowa may seem like a strange place for a high-tech satellite farm, Google also currently operates a data center in Council Bluffs that has seen $600 million in investment.