Amazon wants FCC approval to test mysterious wireless communications system

A cryptic filing with the Federal Communications Commission reveals a plan by Amazon to test a new wireless communications system at its downtown Seattle headquarters and in rural Washington state.

“Amazon seeks FCC experimental authority to evaluate prototype equipment and associated software designed to support innovative communications capabilities and functionalities,” reads the application for FCC Special Temporary Authority.

The filing does not disclose the precise nature of the project. However, Business Insider, which broke the story, points out that the Amazon contact on the filing is Neil Woodward, a former NASA astronaut who is now senior manager for flight test and certification for Amazon Prime Air. That suggests the project is related to wireless communications for the company’s delivery drone initiative.

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