11/16/2005

Google Wins Key Wi-Fi Lease

Filed under: — By Aviran Mordo @ 1:01 pm

Search giant Google Inc. took a big step Tuesday night toward becoming an Internet service provider.

A clearly smitten Mountain View city council on Tuesday unanimously ratified a five-year property lease that Google needs to begin building a wireless network in the city.

“There’s no free lunch,” said Mountain View Councilmember Tom Means. “But maybe Google will buy us one tonight.”

Lunch? No. But any city would be hard-pressed to turn down Google’s offer. Mountain View won’t have to spend any money; rather, Google promises to fund all the construction and run the operation. And Google plans to give away access to anyone with the right gear, and a free Google account. As a bonus, city employees, including emergency service workers, will get a secured connection of their own, again at no cost to the city.

Google has even promised to add wireless access to the Google Mobile, a mobile library the city expects to soon take possession. In addition, the city gets an option to buy the network in the future.

Source: eWeek

 

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