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Monday, October 3, 2005

Free Wireless Access for San Francisco, Thanks to Google?

Posted by @ 7:57 pm

Google is amongst 24 companies to submit proposals to the city of San Francisco for the provision of free, high-speed wireless Internet access throughout the city.

Other vendors submitting proposals included telecommunication giants like Cingular and EarthLink as well as the local wireless broadband start-up Feeva. San Francisco’s major Gavin Newsom compared citywide wireless Internet access to the provision of public utilities like water and electricity and said that for him, it was “a fundamental right to have access universally to information”.

If Google’s proposal was successful, it could put pricing pressure on traditional Internet service providers who rely on access fees for revenue and do not have advertising revenue as a source of income.

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I’m actually a little suprised this type of thing hasn’t happened sooner. Lets hope it takes off everywhere in the next couple of years.

By WebHostingDiary - October 4, 2005

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