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Monday, August 15, 2005
GoogleNet & Nationwide Free Wi-Fi
(Via Business 2.0) Om Malik writes, "a trail of hidden clues suggests Google is building its own Internet - and might be looking to let everyone connect for free.He adds that Google is already building a national broadband network, though ostensibly for many reasons. Google needs these as it prepares to unleash a flood of new, bandwidth-hungry applications. These offerings could include everything from a digital-video database to on-demand television programming. An even more compelling reason for Google to build its own network is that it could save the company millions of dollars a month by avoiding middlemen - Google could share traffic directly with ISPs to avoid fees. Google’s interest in recently acquired Feeva likely stems from the startup's proprietary technology, which can determine the location of every Wi-Fi user and would allow Google to serve up advertising and maps based on real-time data. The next step may be to provide nationwide Wi-Fi – Google is geeting ready to offer free net access to everyone in the US This is really big - if Google can pull this off - the next generation net and next generation web - it is indeed a mighty vision come true.
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