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Council extends free Google WiFi deal

Original post made on Feb 25, 2011

Mountain View's residents may enjoy free Google WiFi for another five years, thanks to an agreement the City Council quietly approved Tuesday. However, Google wants to be able to abandon the system under certain circumstances.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Friday, February 25, 2011, 10:45 AM

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Posted by WiFi gal
a resident of Waverly Park
on Feb 25, 2011 at 2:56 pm

I'm pretty sure it was $12000/year instead of $1200/year.

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Posted by Observer
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 25, 2011 at 3:57 pm

I'm just waiting for the city for a way to tax the users of this service.

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Posted by Hank Snow
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 26, 2011 at 3:54 pm

I am wondering how many residents in Mountain View are using Google Wi-Fi "indoors"? (Apartments, etc.) As I hear it is not easy or possible to use the service indoors.

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Posted by Activist
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 26, 2011 at 4:03 pm

"Google is apparently concerned about taxes or public health issues that could become associated with the network."

What are public health issues exactly? Are they like RADIATION??? I understand such radiation from cell towers could cause cancer and a myriads of other debilitating disorders as discussed previously here on this site.

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Posted by Dr. Collateral Damage
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Feb 26, 2011 at 4:08 pm

"... or the system requires some modification due to a determined health or safety risk ..."

Does this mean there is "health or safety risk" in using Google Wi-Fi?

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Posted by Mr. Big
a resident of Stierlin Estates
on Feb 27, 2011 at 1:58 am

The Google Metro WIFI is now a defacto utility for the residents of Mtn. View, there is no going back.

Thank you Google and Mtn. View for this invaluable service. I will personally start a grass roots gorilla marketing campaign against ANYONE who tries to discontinue the service.

FYI, yes you can get service indoors... You just have to do your home work. I'm sure there are thousands of us getting good connections indoors. The "secret" is not to rely on the built-in WIFI modems on your computers, you have to buy a high power WIFI modem and possibly a booster antenna too.

Check out the Google WIFI Help Forum:
Web Link

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Posted by Big deal
a resident of The Crossings
on Mar 1, 2011 at 4:44 pm

Works great if you stand directly under the telephone pole where the WAP is located, otherwise not so much. You could sit at the Caltrain station and use it, but then you'd get mugged.

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