Today Google officially unleashes its free city wide WiFi network in Mountain View California.
Powered by 380 radio antennae, the Mountain View network is supposed to surf the Web at speeds comparable to the Internet connections delivered by digital subscriber, or DSL lines. It will be slightly slower than a high-speed cable connection.
Interestingly, users are forced to login. So much for nice gestures. Google wants YOUR eyeballs. That’s what this is all about. Once they get your eyeballs, they’ll get more advertising dollars.
But hey, what can I say, I’d still use the service. In some queer way, Google has made it ok to get stuff for free, in exchange for a little ad-love.
Google WiFi – I Want One!