Google Wi-Fi Running In Mountain View; No National Plans

Google has clarified that it is not planning to role out a national Wi-Wi network, and is not actively bidding for any of the 300 open contracts for municipal Wi-Fi services around the country. But Google’s free Wi-Fi service in Mountain View, the company’s HQs, will become generally available today after nine months of testing. This is mainly being done as a testbed to help experiment with various Google services, it said…among them, experimenting in Mountain View with new local services, including advertising. Users will be limited to 1MB data rates for both uploading and downloading information, slower than DSL…Google says it will raise speeds after testing consumer demand.
Google has been selected (along with Earthlink) by the city of San Francisco to install and operate a similar service there.