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Editorial: Google makes amends for failing WiFi

Original post made on Mar 4, 2014

If ever there was a way into this tech-driven city's heart, the gift of lightning-fast Internet connections has to be high on the list, and Google knows it. That undoubtedly is why Mountain View's signature company made a formal offer last week to provide ultra-fast free wireless Internet along the Castro Street corridor and promised to install a network of even faster connections under the city's neighborhood streets.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Tuesday, March 4, 2014, 11:54 AM

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Posted by Will Google Clean Up
a resident of Old Mountain View
on Mar 4, 2014 at 3:12 pm

Will Google take down and clean up the old dying equipment, or will we have to look at that mess and be reminded of the original mess?

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Posted by Martin Omander
a resident of Rex Manor
on Mar 4, 2014 at 4:33 pm

Can't wait to get fast fiber to my house! We sorely need more competition. Right now only one company can deliver Internet faster than dial-up to my home, so they can set whatever price and speed they want.

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Posted by Chronic complainer
a resident of Slater
on Mar 4, 2014 at 4:54 pm

I am outraged that the Google Wifi doesn't work. I paid nothing for the service and Google actually paid the city for the ability to provide the free service but I had expectations that I could stream multiple HD movies to my living room and bedroom simultaneously.

Now they expect me to actually pay for ineternet access?

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Posted by Jay Park
a resident of Jackson Park
on Mar 5, 2014 at 6:00 pm

The correct title of this op-ed piece is "Google plans to make amends for failing WiFi." They have not made any amends yet, only hollow promises which they have repeatedly done before.

If Google wants to talk the talk, they have to walk the walk, and they haven't done any walking yet.

They say they are bringing improved WiFi to downtown Mountain View. *WE THE PEOPLE* will be the judge of that, not Google, not some op-ed writer for the Mountain View Voice.

Don't confuse promises with actions.

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Posted by Jay Park
a resident of Jackson Park
on Mar 5, 2014 at 8:48 pm

It should be clearly noted that Tom Gibboney is the publisher of Embarcadero Media, the parent company of the Mountain View Voice, Palo Alto Online, and Los Altos Almanac.

Whether or not this media executive is molly-coddling to the largest employer of those three towns (MV/PA/LA) is something other readers will have to judge for themselves, however I just wanted to bring light to the provenance of this editorial.

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Posted by AllYouCanEat
a resident of Rengstorff Park
on Mar 7, 2014 at 9:40 am

Wake up! Google is just trying to lock out the competition until they decide what they want to do... Or not do.

And really, what good is wifi on Castro Street gonna do for the community as a whole?

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