13 thoughts on “Will GoogleNET Go National?”

  1. I am not too excited about this. The concept is very similar to one of the companies that existed durign DotCom boom. I forget the name. It would pay you to view adds on a deskbar while you were surfing. Anyway, Indian Mobile operators had tested an innoavtive idea. Targetted SMS marketing. Say I am on shopping spree in Bangalore. Depending on the data(my interests, etc…) they have compiled and my location M.G.Road, Commerical Street, I would be serevd targetted ads 🙂 It wasn’t 100% effective as sometimes I got Ads to buy jewllery 😉

  2. Whether it is all deployed by Google or not, all American cities are likely to have ad-supported “free” WiFi in the next three or four years. The model is compelling; the cost of deployment is low; time to deployment is low; political benefits are high.

    blogged more reaction to Om’s post at http://blog.tomevslin.com/2006/04/thenexthuge_t.html

  3. And still we will have an even bigger digital divide, opt out for a fee or agree to watch more interactive [with questions to answer] commericals for faster downloads.

    Might not be a bad Idea to be able to bank watching ads while at work to build up the prepaid account.

    Ad serving by node targeted to individuals…big G will always know who and where you are every moment. As cellphones provide now.

  4. Well I would love for them to go nationwide.
    Simple imagine everything wireless.
    GPS on steroids.
    Internet or wifi cellphones = lower rates.
    I can use my laptop everywhere.
    Bye bye ugly telcos that make me spend more than I wish to.

  5. In Mountain View, Google is the infrastructure provider, responsible for putting up the access points and maintaining the network. In SF, Google is one of multiple ISPs who will provide service over an open access infrastructure operated by Earthlink. I would not be surprised if Google chooses to be an ISP on other open access municipal networks built and operated by Earthlink or whomever–just as Yahoo has partnered with multiple DSL providers such as Verizon and AT&T. I don’t see Google getting into the infrastructure business beyond Mountain View.

  6. ISP usually don’t provide infrastructure, instead wholesaling the dialup lines and concentration from telco. The WiFi installation, service, repair means bucket trucks and field technicans with test equipment. On call 24/7. The shear numbers of nodes mean equipment failures and ready spares and mobile tiny standby power. Techs who can use spectrum analysers and find intentional interfearence from off network sources and do what about it? [unlicensed shared frequencies].
    These techs don’t have to be BSEE but trained, and paid none the less, and supervised, and HRed.

    No repairs until it stops raining? Creates a ton of phone calls to City Hall. My cable modem [and 156 others on my node alone] went out for 12 hours and 8 minutes over the weekend due to a tornado at least every 6 months this happens.

    At least the free customers get the same service priority as the paid in a common box.

    In CATV you have 1 tech per 150 street miles and active devices are 1,000 feet apart.

    Infrastructure is not as easy as it appears, to do inexpensively. Off course one can increase the robustness at a cost…hot spare in node switching with battery backup and detailed remote diagnosis.

    Ever look inside a cell tower shed…the $200,000 installion.

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