Google Sets Up Free WiFi Network
On Wednesday, Google made good on the promise it made public back in Nov 2005 when it declared that it would grant its home city of Mountain View, California with free WiFi. This comes ahead of schedule, as Google originally planned on launching the city-wide Wi-Fi service in mid-September.
The early release was partly due to the incredible amount of residents expressing their interest in testing the service. During this past summer, 1,000 Mountain View residents tested the Google WiFi service.
"The feedback was overwhelmingly positive," said Chris Sacca, who is the head of special initiatives at Google.
Google's WiFi network utilizes 380 access points, which are essentially transceivers placed on light poles located throughout the city. Any Mountain View resident with a WiFi device will be able to access the Web through these transceivers, so long as they are within 500 feet of them.