Google Offers Free Wi-Fi to Its Hometown
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."
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