Google: Free WiFi For San Francisco? Sure, We Can Do That
from the sneaking-in-the-announcement dept
For all the rumors about Google's plans to offer WiFi around the country, the company has said very little. However, they waited until late Friday, when most people have gone home for the weekend, to let out the news that they're among the bidders to supply the free muni-WiFi in San Francisco. Mayor Gavin Newsom had made his plans clear, so that's nothing new -- but Google bidding for it (at the last minute) is worth noting. The company already offers a few hotspots that are ad supported, so it would be interesting to see how they would handle a full city's worth of WiFi. There are various rationales for Google offering internet service, and they certainly have the cash to afford it. Whether or not Google can really handle being a "telco" remains to be seen, however.