AFP is reporting that Google is offering to provide free wireless connectivity to the city of Mountain View in exchange for a five-year renewable lease permitting the company to mount its equipment on utility poles in the city. Mountain View is the home of Google’s headquarters . This follows their offer to provide the same service to the city of San Francisco. The Mountain View proposal will be taken up by the city council next week, and at this point there does not appear to be any downside to the arrangement that would preclude the city from accepting. San Francisco is currently considering the bid as well.
You have to hand it to Google, while being very aggresive in looking to expand their business, they seem to do it in a manner that is beneficial for all involved. While they do not claim that this is the beginning of a push to offer this service nationwide, it will provide them with valuable experience if they choose to do so. At the same time, it provides their home community with a free service, and a lot of good will as a corporate partner. A valuable lesson that should be emulated by other corporations.
Posted by Jeff