101 thoughts on “Google Confirms Free San Francisco WiFi Plans”

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  5. OM pretty slick work I should say. You are the un-official PR man for Google. So do we see Google Phone in SFO , hand held with Google Talk that allows you to touch base pretty much with anybody on your contact list. Perhaps sounds very far-fetched, but definitely is a possibility.

  6. [When asked if this puts the company in direct conflict with incumbents like SBC and Comcast, Sacca replied, “I think a few months ago, we might have thought that, but we have talked to them and it seems the thinking is evolving amongst other last mile providers.â€?]

    Hmm, so what does the Sacca quote mean? Are they competing with SBC and Comcast or not?

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  12. For comparison, Verizon Broadband is $79.99 a month with a 2 year contract which stipulates:

    Unlimited NationalAccess/BroadbandAccess services cannot be used (1) for uploading, downloading or streaming of movies, music or games, (2) with server devices or with host computer applications, including, but not limited to, Web camera posts or broadcasts, automatic data feeds, Voice over IP (VoIP), automated machine-to-machine connections, or peer-to-peer (P2P) file sharing, or (3) as a substitute or backup for private lines or dedicated data connections.

    So with Verizon you can’t even use Skype.

    On a more interesting note, a kid with a cheap computer with free access to Wikipedia probably has more opportunities to learn than a kid at a posh private school in 1990.

    This is the kind of stuff that happens in truly free markets, it’s a beautiful thing.

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  15. Nice! Wish Google spent the money that they raised trying to make some money so that they investors get a return. None of their new business launches have added a penny to their bottom line, and now infrastructure expenses where they have little industry experience and expertise on board..esp. telco and wireless.

    Of course, they have a plan, but I think the number of shares the insiders are selling makes me think that they have little confidence in their own plans, seems like over a billion dollars in shares sold!!!

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  20. Om, nice work. You’ve been out ahead of the curve on this one for a while now even if Google is still protesting a nationwide network. There’s some interesting backlash; seems that a reasonable number of the more tech-inclined aren’t that comfortable with Google-as-Network-Provider…essentially fearing that by providing transport as well as all their other services they’ll pretty much have you pinned down like a bug in a box. Heck, if you’re using G-Net to browse some pr0n in your room at the Metro Hotel (that Google knows you booked with your Amex and checked in at 3:45 when at 3:30 you sms’d Google (46645) for the st. address and then again for a taxi service from the airport) they could either message you offering to deliver some “accessories” or, if you’ve been an idiot and are browsing something of questionable legality they could just as easily “dispatch” the authorities and catch you in the act.

    Of course that is a dramatization but the technology exists and Google wants to deploy it. Some folks are suggesting that it’s over-reactionary to even remark on this issue but I think there ought to be a line. I mean, if personal information that is so readily available wasn’t overly valuable I don’t think Eric Schmidt (CEO of Google) would have been quite so upset with C-Net for “Googling” him.

    I wonder, would you use Google Net for your personal browsing in SF? Do you use GMail? Would you for something sensitive?

    I think you’re opinion would be tremendously valuable seeing as how you’veobviously given this more thought than just about anyone.


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    An idea that hopefully will be widespread in the near future. Google makes their money by people using their search engine. Making connectivity free is a no-brainer. Probably one of the more expensive no-brainers though 🙂


  26. MoOm to all of you

    I was recently at a meeting where they were discussing the value of WiFi coverage over the coastal area. The boats on the sea will need wifi connectivity so they know what is happening on the land. Salivating over the revenue through targeted advertising to fishermen and fishing fans. I heard this would be a mesh network of WiFi access points on GoogBoats.

    Go Google!

  27. Please advise me how to contact Google executives, specifically those executives who were former Microsoft employees.


    Thomas Smith

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  31. It would be great if Google or some other able company would provide service for us soldiers over here in Iraq and Afghanistan. We are getting ripped off by paying $35/month for a 64Kbs capped connection that performs at about <5Kbs. I wouldn’t mind paying the money, its just that the service is not worth it…at all! Please, somebody, somewhere spark some interest for us. We’re hurting over here in the connectivity department. Thanks

  32. “HAHAHA!!! San Francisco!?!?!? FREE WIFI?!?!? GIVE ME A *&#%)#^$% BREAK!!!! Comcast has got SF locked down, and especially were I live, it’s broadband or nothing. No DSL service here. Why would Comcast release it’s monopoly on the city’s Broadband service, when there’s millions, possibly even billions of dollars to be made. “Wi-Fi” = When Idiots Fantasize Intoxicated!!! . . . and stop smokin’ too! Anyone who thinks anything comes for free must’ve been dropped on their heads as children.”

  33. That’s a pretty amazing project in my mind. This is really an amazing thing to do for a city – and should be the way of the future. First, we had to make sure cities had running water. Then, electricity. Now, wireless. It’s the only way to go – wireless will have to become a stable and expected feature of developed cities. Truly, now, you would be able to work anywhere and everywhere – improving the quality of life ten fold.

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