WiFi for free
August 16, 2006
The Mountain View network went live at 9pm PST today [August 15th, 2006]. In order to use the network, the users will need a Google login, and those who don’t have Google ID, will be given a chance to sign up for the service
at present the company is offering a one-megabit per second connection for everyone, and will tweak the capacity depending on how people use the network.
GigaOM writer Katie Fehrenbacher has been on the story and has tested the network, and gives the network two thumbs up. She was able to make Skype and SIP calls using the network, and found connectivity good in most places.
Chris Sacca, Head of Special Initiatives at Google said the goal was to turn Mountain View into a large-scale test bed for various WiFi enabled devices that are coming to market.
Too bad I don’t live in Mountain View.
photo by Iguana Jo