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It's official: San Francisco to get free WiFi blanket courtesy of Google / EarthLink

post #1 of 15
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Its a done deal,Now its time for my area Google http://www.engadget.com/2007/01/06/i...et-courtesy-o/

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Rumours of a deal between search giant Google and internet service provider EarthLink have been around for some time, but the two companies have only just confirmed that a deal has been finalised. The agreement will "enable EarthLink to build a citywide wireless network and allow Google to provide free internet access" in San Francisco. It is estimated that one million people should benefit from this deal which ought to start rolling out in the near future, with Google hoping "to see the service go live as soon as possible." EarthLink is also planning a fee-based service, although not all the details are available about this yet. So this should be good news for most people in San Francisco, however it isn't clear if there are any downsides to this deal. If it proves to be successful, Google could well spread its wireless service to other parts of the globe
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post #2 of 15
Theres gotta be some catch to it. Like having to put up with ads. Lots of them.
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post #3 of 15
Free broadband.... drool
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Yup there is the ad supported but hell its free wi-fi for my city! woo hoo!
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post #5 of 15
google taking over the earth is a good thing? free wifi, free everything else is good but i dont like one company having so much power and google is like a giant snowball gaining momentum.
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post #6 of 15
man i wish Chicago also get free WiFi
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post #7 of 15
Google already put up wi-fi all over the city of Mountain View, CA.

Here's a map of the coverage for Mountain View. The red box indicates Google headquarters, and the pink dot towards the bottom is where my house is




I actually live in a neighboring city, but I think the closest wi-fi node is only about 200 meters from me. Sunday or Monday I should be able to test the range, speed, reliability, and see if there are any drawbacks Google hasn't mentioned.

If it's reliable, and I can access it from my house, and I'm confident enough that I won't be hacked, then I may cancel the DSL and just mooch off of Google.




The cost of living in the Silicon Valley can be mighty expensive, but it's so worth it

I'm guessing San Jose will be next after San Francisco. Mountain View was only first because it's where Google HQ is.
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post #8 of 15
whats the catch in this thing??
nothing is free in US lol
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post #9 of 15
Wonder if any of the ISPs in the area are pissed off that they're going to be losing a huge city of revenue.
    
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post #10 of 15
How long till they can make it up to Noth Idaho?
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