Add one more city where Google plans to offer free Wi-Fi: City of Mountain View, California.
The search engine giant will appear before the Mountain View City Council and will submit a proposal to offer free wireless Internet access (Wi-Fi) to the city. The latest bid comes close on the heels of Google’s plans (if approved) to build a free wifi network in San Francisco.
Business 2.0 magazine had first reported earlier in the year that the company was building its own fiber network, and also had plans to build out a free ad-supported network in city of San Francisco. Since then, more details have emerged, and the company says it is going to use San Francisco WiFi Network to learn more about the location based services. Technically the Mountain View proposal is said to be the same as company’s plans for San Francisco. As per that bid, “residents (and visitors) will enjoy a free 300 kilobits per second, always on connection anywhere in the city.”
When queried about the Mountain View WiFi Hot Zone plans, a Google spokesperson in an emailed statement said, “Providing free Wi-Fi access to Mountain View is one way Google can support the citizens and businesses in the community where we’re headquartered. We look forward to speaking with the City Council and hope they accept this proposal so we can offer free Wi-Fi access to the residents and visitors of Mountain View.” Google says it has no plans to offer free Wi-Fi access beyond the Bay Area.