Google Offers Free Wi-Fi to Its Hometown

By Carmen Nobel  |  Posted 2005-11-11 Print this article Print

The search company offers its California base town the same free network it proposed to San Francisco, saying the company would benefit from a resulting increase in Web searches.

Search engine giant Google Inc. on Thursday sent a letter to the mayor of its home city of Mountain View, Calif., proposing to bring free Wi-Fi service to the city. "Google is in a unique position to offer free access to the Internet, since we have the ability to subsidize and earn revenue indirectly when these Wi-Fi users get on the Internet and access our and our partner sites," Minnie Ingersoll, a product manager at Google, said in the letter. "We would like to work with a city that is close to our headquarters and supportive of this intent."
Click here to read why political columnist Chris Nolan thinks Google Wi-Fi would have a big impact.
Google plans to propose the free service in a Mountain View City Council meeting on Nov. 15. Proposed plans call for a mesh network, with 20 to 30 access points per square mile, installed on light poles or traffic lights. Google made a similar city-wide proposal to San Francisco in September. Currently the company is running trial services in a few locations in the Bay Area as well as in Rockefeller Center in New York. Check out eWEEK.coms for the latest news, reviews and analysis on mobile and wireless computing.


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