Newsletters
News & Information for Technology Purchasers NewsFactor Sites:       NewsFactor.com     Enterprise Security Today     CRM Daily     Business Report     Sci-Tech Today  
   
This ad will display for the next 20 seconds. Click for more information, or
Home Enterprise I.T. Cloud Computing Applications Hardware More Topics...
Small Business
Real-time info services with Neustar
Average Rating:
Rate this article:  
Google Eyes Expanding Fiber in 34 Cities, Providing Wi-Fi
Google Eyes Expanding Fiber in 34 Cities, Providing Wi-Fi

By Seth Fitzgerald
April 25, 2014 11:21AM

    Bookmark and Share
Details regarding how the public Wi-Fi service would actually work were not included in the Google Fiber document, which means we do not know how fast the connection would be. Even if it were not particularly fast, free and ubiquitous Internet is not something consumers would dislike. Free Wi-Fi is generally limited to business locations.
 

Related Topics

Google Fiber
Public Wi-Fi



Google Fiber, the company's first official entrance into the Internet service provider (ISP) marketplace, has already expanded to a handful of locations. Now Google reportedly is considering the addition of public Wi-Fi service in 34 cities, all of which would be receiving Fiber as well.

Google is sending out documents to the residents of 34 cities in order to build up interest in a possible Wi-Fi service, according to tech news media. Just like the previous Google Fiber expansions, the company would have to work with local officials before entering the area and setting up as a new ISP.

Costly Setup

Google's document says the company needs a response from local officials in the locations by May 1 if they are interested in having the company's super-high-speed Fiber and possibly the new Wi-Fi service installed. Since the Wi-Fi service may rely on Fiber's infrastructure, the setup for either option is difficult and expensive.

Google will require detailed information regarding the layout of a city, including the location of utility poles, manholes, rights of way, etc, in order for it to come up with an efficient Google Fiber setup. On top of that, the company reportedly needs land for utility huts, which would be leased for up to 20 years.

The Google Fiber cables would run from the huts to individual neighborhoods and would then be used to service a few hundred locations. If a public Wi-Fi service was included with the setup, it would provide a new way for people to get online when they are not inside of their homes.

A New Connection Method

Details regarding how the Wi-Fi service would actually work were not included in the document, which means that we do not know how fast the connection would be. Even if it were not particularly fast, free and ubiquitous Internet connectivity is not something that consumers would dislike. The availability of free Wi-Fi has grown exponentially in recent years, but it is generally limited to business locations.

Last year, Google began to show its interest in public Wi-Fi when it paid $600,000 to blanket 31 San Francisco parks with Internet connectivity. For two years, Google will keep up the service for free and then turn it over to the city.

Providing free Wi-Fi helps Google in a variety of ways and the company has already shown that it would like to cover the U.S. and other countries with Wi-Fi if possible. While the rollout would presumably occur in major cities, citizens in those areas would finally have a way to get online without using up their mobile data allowance.

It is still unclear whether Google is looking to directly compete with the major ISPs with with its 1-gigabit Google Fiber or its Wi-Fi service, but given the costs associated with laying down fiber lines, it is definitely working towards something significant.
 

Tell Us What You Think
Comment:

Name:

earth:

Posted: 2014-04-25 @ 12:08pm PT
This isn't new news. Public Wifi was always the long term plan back when they first announced KC.

BTW, here's a real world review of Google Fiber I'm working on...

http://www.dslreports.com/comment/3910/90792

Phil:

Posted: 2014-04-25 @ 12:04pm PT
Once its in control of a city, they need to hire people to maintain it, then they'll want a tax increase to pay the people and keep it running, or they will start charging for it.

Then there is the problem with cable companies in those cities that are in-bed with those cities, big lawsuits and fighting begins.

The question is, how do they avoid that and all the hassles, yet keep the network running?





 Small Business
1.   Sprint Becomes Google Apps Reseller
2.   Texas Startup Fund Not All It Seems
3.   BlackBerry BES 10 Now Hosted
4.   Future of Laid-Off MS Employees
5.   Female Yahoo Exec Lashes Back


advertisement
Backlash Stirs Against H-1B Visas
Debate over foreign workers continues.
Average Rating:
Texas Startup Fund Not All It Seems
Sketchy results from recipient firms.
Average Rating:
Most Networks Not Ready for IoT
But most enterprises are prepared.
Average Rating:
Product Information and Resources for Technology You Can Use To Boost Your Business

Network Security Spotlight
Researchers Working To Fix Tor Security Exploit
Developers for the Tor privacy browser are scrambling to fix a bug revealed Monday that researchers say could allow hackers, or government surveillance agencies, to track users online.
 
Wall Street Journal Hacked Again
Hacked again. That’s the story at the Wall Street Journal this week as the newspaper reports that the computer systems housing some of its news graphics were breached. Customers not affected -- yet.
 
Dropbox for Business Beefs Up Security
Dropbox is upping its game for business users. The cloud-based storage and sharing company has rolled out new security, search and other features to boost its appeal for businesses.
 

Enterprise Hardware Spotlight
Tablet Giants Apple and Samsung Feel the Heat
When a company saturates its home market with a once-hot product, expect it to pump up efforts elsewhere. Apple, for its part, is now pushing iPads to big corporations and the enterprise market.
 
Microsoft Makes Design Central to Its Future
Over the last four years, Microsoft has doubled the number of designers it employs, putting a priority on fashioning devices that work around people's lives -- and that are attractive and cool.
 
Contrary to Report, Lenovo's Staying in Small Windows Tablets
Device maker Lenovo has clarified a report that indicated it is getting out of the small Windows tablet business -- as in the ThinkPad 8 and the 8-inch Miix 2. But the firm said it is not exiting that market.
 

Mobile Technology Spotlight
Tablet Giants Apple and Samsung Feel the Heat
When a company saturates its home market with a once-hot product, expect it to pump up efforts elsewhere. Apple, for its part, is now pushing iPads to big corporations and the enterprise market.
 
Is the Amazon Fire Phone a Winner?
A late entry into a packed category of smartphones, Amazon's Fire phone offers a variety of unique features. Now, the reviewers are assessing if they're enough to make the phone stand out.
 
Review: Amazon Fire Offers New Ways To Use Phones
The Fire phone uses Android, but Amazon has modified it to the point that it's barely recognizable. That means the phone offers new ways to navigate, discover and, of course, shop.
 

Navigation
NewsFactor Network
Home/Top News | Enterprise I.T. | Cloud Computing | Applications | Hardware | Mobile Tech | Big Data | Communications
World Wide Web | Network Security | Data Storage | CRM Systems | Microsoft/Windows | Apple/Mac | Linux/Open Source | Personal Tech
Press Releases
NewsFactor Network Enterprise I.T. Sites
NewsFactor Technology News | Enterprise Security Today | CRM Daily

NewsFactor Business and Innovation Sites
Sci-Tech Today | NewsFactor Business Report

NewsFactor Services
FreeNewsFeed | Free Newsletters

About NewsFactor Network | How To Contact Us | Article Reprints | Careers @ NewsFactor | Services for PR Pros | Top Tech Wire | How To Advertise

Privacy Policy | Terms of Service
© Copyright 2000-2014 NewsFactor Network. All rights reserved. Article rating technology by Blogowogo. Member of Accuserve Ad Network.