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.”
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.