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Google gives $800,000 for downtown WiFi

Original post made on Jan 4, 2017

Plans for a citywide fiber-optic network may be on hiatus, but Google is looking into other ways to grow internet access in Mountain View. The search-engine giant is cutting the city an $800,000 check to expand free public WiFi through the downtown area.

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, January 4, 2017, 10:49 AM

Comments (5)

Posted by d man
a resident of Bailey Park
on Jan 4, 2017 at 2:42 pm

We are poor but proud people thank you google for the gift oh great google.

Posted by Waldo
a resident of Waverly Park
on Jan 4, 2017 at 3:32 pm

Waldo is a registered user.

$800,000/40=$20,000. That's some really expensive wireless hubs. Instead of just covering Castro street, how about the Caltrain platform? How about El Camino Real, especially around developed areas, like San Antonio, El Monte, etc.?

Posted by Mt. View Neighbor
a resident of North Whisman
on Jan 4, 2017 at 4:00 pm

At this point, I'm hesitant to take any sort of "gift" from Google. Sorry Google, not all of Mountain View is for sale.

Posted by Sukwinder Dixit
a resident of Sylvan Park
on Jan 5, 2017 at 7:08 am

Mr. Eric of the Google is a very generous man. We should be appreciate of his kindness for the needful

Posted by The Business Man
a resident of Another Mountain View Neighborhood
on Jan 5, 2017 at 6:54 pm

The Business Man is a registered user.

Speaking as an IT Security expert. credentialled, I would never use a public wifi for anything.

I have questions regarding the $800.000. I do not think that WIFI devices costs that much, the most they cost is $2,300. THe power cost is 13W per device, if you calculate 13 * 40 devices *24 hours * 365.25 days = 4,558,320 watts. The Cost for electricity is .12 per KwH. so 4,558,320/1000 = 4,558.32 * .12= $547.00 for a year for 40 repeaters. I can estimate that it may take 2 hours to install the devices and I will estimate $100. hr per installation which comes to 40*2*100= $8,000. I cannot see that the laying of any new cabling will cost more that $150,000.

$150,000 + (40*$2300.00) + $600 + $8,000= $250,600. so that accounts for 31% of the $800,000, where is the additional $450,000 going, into the City of Mountain View revenue?

This is just a PR ploy to distract the fact that Google is under routine review for labor practices that could be questionable.

As one trained in Human Resources, this appears to be an attempt to prevent statistical analysis that could indicate disparate impact in employment at Google.

But the real problem is that disparate impact only means that there was NO intent to discriminate. It can occur nonetheless but it may NOT be by design.

But Google attempting to withhold the information is a violation of the OFCCP compliance rules and shows that the issue could actually consist of disparate treatment.

This kind of discrimination IS by design and INTENDED to discriminate.

Or at the very least, Google INTENDS to withhold potential evidence of Disparate Impact, which changes the classification from impact to treatment.

Given that this information is readily available to Google, the OFCCP regulations are clear, Google IS a FEDERAL CONTRACTOR UNDER THE LAW, this decision seems to be a very poor one. I wonder if this decision will impact on the plans of Google with regards to consideration with the City of Mountain View.

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