Tuesday, November 29, 2005

Google wi-fi (goofi) approved by Mountainview City.

At a meeting on 15 November, the Mountain View City Council unanimously approved a plan that gives Google access to city-owned streetlight poles for the placement of wireless access points for a city-wide Wi-Fi network. In an e-mail statement, a Google spokeswoman said the company is "excited to begin work on this project" and is looking forward to providing Wi-Fi service to members of the local community.
"The City potentially could receive an annual payment of approximately $12,600 [adjusted annually for increases in the Consumer Price Index (CPI)] for the placement of Google equipment on City-owned light poles," according to the document. "All installation and maintenance costs will be borne by Google, and utility costs will be paid by the City and fully reimbursed by Google, which is estimated to be $3,000 to $4,000 per year."
Google hopes to use the Mountain View network as a proving ground to show officials in large metropolitan areas that the search giant can provide city-wide Wi-Fi access. About 72,200 people live in Mountain View, located about 40 miles (64 kilometers) from San Francisco. The company already provides Wi-Fi access in two local Mountain View businesses, and in Union Square, a popular outdoor public space in downtown San Francisco.
May be this will pave a way for vowifi. Will it be goofi woof!


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