Google as a mobile carrier, revisited: Here’s what its network could look like

Gigaom

Every year or so we see a report emerge claiming Google(s goog) is contemplating life as a mobile carrier, pitting itself against Verizon(s vz) and AT&T(s t) with its own voice and mobile data plans. So far nothing has come of them, but on Thursday a new report published on The Information (subscription required) maintains Google is once again bandying the idea about, though as per usual the sources are all unnamed.

I’m still very skeptical that Google really wants to deal with the expense and grief of being a mobile operator; when was the last time you had a positive thing to say about your operator? But in the last few years Google has demonstrated that it views connectivity as a crucial element to its business.

As is the case with Google Fiber, Project Loon, its work with white spaces broadband and even its investment in satellite…

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