The town of Mountain View, CA has approved Google’s offer of providing them with free Wi-Fi access. The town is the home of Google’s headquarters. The agreement is seen as a test case for Google to offer the service elsewhere although they company states that they currently have no interest in providing this service outside the Bay Area.
There is some question as to what benefit Google will get from this, but the consensus is that the more opportunities people have to use the internet, the more opportunity there is for them to use Google’s services. Anything that will lead to more use of Google will be an attraction for advertisers. In addition, it may spur others to look at creating a similar networks, either through a communitie’s own initiatives or partnered with a corporation. In the long run, having an entire area set up with Wi-Fi is a lot more convenient than finding individual establishments that offer it.
Posted by Jeff