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FCC filing suggests Google Fiber STB has arrived

A new IP set-top box has just popped up in the database of the US Federal Communications Commission (FCC) with a Google Fiber label, suggesting that Google’s plans to deliver its own IP-based video services are gathering pace.

Reports on online news site Engadget (here) indicate that the unit is being built by Humax and comes equipped with Wi-Fi, infrared, USB, Ethernet, HDMI input and output and an Ethernet/coax bridge.

If the reports are true then the new device is likely to be destined for users of the fibre network that Google is busy building in Kansas City (Kansas) and Kansas City (Missouri), where it has already sought and received video service franchise agreements.

Editor’s view: It is looking increasingly likely that Google is keen to try out the role of pay-TV provider, and this FCC filing shows the company’s plans to have reached a more advanced stage than many people thought.

However, despite having the progress it has made by building its own fibre network and acquiring CPE specialist Motorola Mobility, there is one big challenge which still lies ahead: negotiating favourable terms with the content execs.

Other technology giants including Apple will be watching closely to see if and how Google manages to clear this hurdle.

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