back to article 'Massage parlour' location looks like Amazon stealth-testing secret new wireless network

Evidence suggests Amazon could be pretending to be a massage parlour to avoid attracting attention to a new network it is testing in Silicon Valley, applying for radio permits under a variety of names. The FCC has taken a chunk of spectrum (at 3.5Ghz) from the military and opened it up for commercial public use. It is hoped …

  1. CAPS LOCK Silver badge

    "Chrome Enterprises"...


  2. Pascal Monett Silver badge

    "Total Body Stretch"

    Sounds rather scary to me. I mean, what if they make a mistake ? We're not going to get a new Fantastic 4 member out of that place, now are we ?

    Besides, I hate massage parlors because I hate being touched by people I don't know. It doesn't relax me.

    1. Teiwaz Silver badge

      Re: "Total Body Stretch"

      Besides, I hate massage parlors because I hate being touched by people I don't know. It doesn't relax me.

      Hairdressers unsettle me for the same reason.

      Swigs bottle labelled 'Redeye'

      1. ma1010 Silver badge

        Re: "Total Body Stretch"

        Hairdressers unsettle me for the same reason.

        Not to mention telephone sanitizers!

    2. big_D Silver badge

      Re: "Total Body Stretch"

      I think that Tomás de Torquemada perfected the technique in the 15th Century.

  3. EveryTime Silver badge

    It's a credible theory. It's exactly what I would do to make it a little less obvious what the company was working on, right down to using a massage parlor as the front. And throw in a competitor's product name just to confuse the issue.

  4. Mike 16 Silver badge

    Do they promise

    A "Happy Ending"?

  5. Mark 85 Silver badge

    Is it actually Amazon or a competitor seeking "inside" info on Amazon since industrial espionage has always been a "thing"? Enquiring minds and all that.

  6. Ken Moorhouse Silver badge

    The Man from U.N.C.L.E....

    IIRC they used a tailor's changing room as the secret entrance to their HQ. Their enemy was THRUSH. Let's hope Amazon don't encounter a similar adversary.

    1. Mark 85 Silver badge

      Re: The Man from U.N.C.L.E....

      Then there was Maxwell Smarts' telephone booth...

  7. Commswonk Silver badge

    A New Euphemism?

    I rather like the idea of "Houses of ill Repute" being called "fulfilment centres", seeing as the article used the term.

    On second thoughts, if some reports are correct at Ama*on Fulfilment Centres it's the employees who get screwed, not the customers.

  8. Mage Silver badge

    FCC captured

    It would make more sense for it to be ISM, like WiFi band. Make it illegal for Mobile operators to use it or WiFi. FCC greed & Mobile Greed.

    Femto cells on MOBILE bands are fine indoors. More masts is the solution outdoors. Not more spectrum to be poorly managed.

    1. Suricou Raven

      Re: FCC captured

      There's a pecking order on spectrum allocations.

      1. The military.

      2. Civil government.

      3. Industry with deep pockets who want exclusive spectrum to provide a commercial service.

      4. Certain things established by international agreement back when spectrum was plentiful enough to give away for free: ISM and ham.

      5. Scientific use.

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