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Google's WiFi plans for SF

We know a bit more tonight about Google's WiFi plans. Google was one of a bunch of companies that submitted proposals to the city of San Francisco tonight - the deadline was 5 p.m. - to build a community broadband network. Google's service would be free to most users.

Google officials said they view San Francisco as an ideal test-bed for applications and services they want to work on, especially targeted advertising

"This goes hand-in-hand with what we do,'' Chris Sacca, who handles new business devleopment for Google, told us. "Now we have to learn what works and what doesn't work.''

Google's proposal calls for a "mesh'' wireless network that would use 20 to 30 "access radio points'' per square mile - or more than a thousand city-wide - on telephone poles and rooftops thoughout the city. Google told the city its only requirement would be access to the poles and rooftops, which it would reimbuse the city for at "fair market value.'' The mesh would be made up of overlapping cells that allow users to roam throughout the city without losing WiFI access.

Google stressed that it has no plans to offer free WiFi in any other cities.

"We have a lot of employees who work in San Francisco, we have a cooperative progressive-thinking mayor and we have a big digital divide here,'' Sacca said in explaining the choice of San Francisco.

Several other companies submitted proposals as well, including Internet service provider Earthlink. One of the companies that turned in proposals was Feeva, a small company has a partnership with Google on two current WiFi hotspots in San Francisco. Feeva builds software that allows WiFi providers to serve targeted advertising to users. It's one way that a company such as Google could recoup its costs.

Feeva is hoping to be able to partner with whichever company wins the city contract.

"What we've shown is that the economics definitely work,'' said Nitin J. Shah, chairman and CEO of the company. "We would be able to build a system with enough revenues.''

Interestingly, San Francisco did not put out a formal "request for proposals," or RFP, a more typical solicitation of proposals used by governments. Instead, it issued a "request for information'' and comments, a seemingly less formal process. That seemed to indicate that the city was not yet ready to commit to a formal competitive bidding process. But the document includes language thay says the city could decide to start "discussions or negotiations with one or more prospective vendors or service providers that could lead to one or more contracts related to deployment of a Network.'' In other words, it appears that SF may want to move quickly on this.

Om has a few more details on Google's proposal.

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i come from germany and we have the stupid monopolist telekom :( so that the meshnet effekt dosnęt work :(

i hope the next step is a german terrain from google.

nice news and fast page - greetings from Berlin, good old Germany


seekXL on October 3, 2005 12:18 PM
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411 sms has a great wifi locator service and what it does is list the free sites first! should come in handy

lady on October 4, 2005 11:41 AM
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point someone when google WIFI in Germany starts?

domain on October 23, 2005 5:07 AM
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The next monopolist beside Microsoft!?

. on January 15, 2006 7:52 AM
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i hope Google WIFI in Germany will start very soon... Maybee to the Soccer Worldcup in summer 2006 ?

Andy on February 7, 2006 7:31 PM
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I would wish myself which we also times one walked into this direction make could, there can one to San Francisco only congratulate, google am always a surprise worth

susan on March 10, 2006 2:20 AM
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The next monopolist beside Google ( Germany )

aspotting on April 27, 2006 6:54 AM
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good conversation, thanks and not google is the evil - the human the base ;)

Silvia on May 15, 2006 6:13 AM
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To sekkxl, we had a "stupid monopolist telekom" now you can choose also other companies, and in big city you have a flatline for free.
Times change everywhere

Andy Mc Murphy on May 23, 2006 1:02 PM
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Meanwhile there are a lot of providers in Germany.So Telekom is not a monopolist in Germany.There are also companoes like Freenet,1und1,Schlund & Partner,Arcor and many more ...

Hans on June 19, 2006 1:56 AM
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All over the world: Maximize market power.

Susan on June 26, 2006 5:27 AM
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I think the Telekom is a monopolist because they own the net for communication...

Ulli on June 28, 2006 9:22 AM
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>>we had a "stupid monopolist telekom"

this is not stupid, this is just a marketing strategy.Many global players using such methods ...

Seitensprung on July 10, 2006 5:30 AM
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Everybody knows: Money makes the world go round!

Anna-Lena on July 14, 2006 11:37 AM
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nice blog, thanks for this blog

telefon fetisch on August 8, 2006 2:00 AM
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yes, very nice website

subdomains on August 8, 2006 2:01 AM
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"...So Telekom is not a monopolist in Germany"

yes, but only because thereęs RegTP. They still have the cables on the last meters ...

daso4 on August 9, 2006 11:29 AM
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Very nice Google's WiFi

Jessie on August 13, 2006 2:35 AM
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look nice

tomm on August 13, 2006 3:07 PM
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nice webpage and great discusion

webcam on August 18, 2006 7:11 AM
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I come from germany and we have the monopolist telekom

Gisela on August 20, 2006 4:08 PM
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