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Google pitches big plans to a hesitant City Council

Original post made on Jan 24, 2013

Google wowed the City Council on Tuesday with its most detailed presentation yet on its North Bayshore development plans, but council members were hesitant to embrace the company's plans for a bridge over Stevens Creek.

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Posted by WIFI-user
a resident of Jackson Park
on Jan 24, 2013 at 11:37 pm

I'm a little worried about Google keeping a driver-less system running smoothly,, taking into consideration that they can't even keep their citywide wireless internet system (Metro Wi-Fi) working properly.

For much of 2012 the WiFi system has been introducing bad data packets to a lot of users (complaints can be seen on the Google/Wi-fi forum), making it impossible to upgrade PC software components like JAVA or Antivirus definitions. Now for the last few months I can't even get better than a slower-than-dialup speed of 1kbps or less, if I can get logged on at all.

I'd like to see them fix/upgrade simpler systems like this and making them reliable before attempting to send robot cars scooting about town.

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Posted by No WIFI No Driverless Shuttles
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jan 25, 2013 at 6:40 am

I second what the above poster states. The Wifi system has become a joke with a complete lack of support or updates to what's going on. I can imagine their driver-less shuttles creating all sorts of havoc.

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Posted by Will
a resident of Cuernavaca
on Jan 25, 2013 at 2:04 pm

Are people really complaining that a private corporation has provided an entire city free wi-fi for years and continues to do so. I see the driverless car pretty frequently and it drives much better than most of the people on the San Mateo bridge. It actually goes the speed limit and even takes the bold step to use signals when its going to change lanes, not to mention I have never seen it tailgating anyone.

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Posted by JT, homeowner
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jan 25, 2013 at 3:08 pm

I agree with Will that "free" doesn't mean "entitled", which is what those who have benefitted and still complain about the free Google Wifi become. I am grateful that this company calls Mountain View "home" and am flabbergasted that our City Council is, without any valid reason other than ego, holding out on making an informed decision based on a report that shouldn't have a significant impact on their decision. I am very sorry Inks has termed out, one of the few sane, intelligent, working council members.

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Posted by BC
a resident of North Whisman
on Jan 25, 2013 at 8:19 pm

Yes people are complaining about free WiFi. A City has made commitments base on the system placed by Google. Schools and Library rely on it now because funds are not provide. So if the system is not maintained they cant just use there 4G account Cities cant change that fast. So someday if Google feels auto cars are no longer profitable they can stop support and let them crash.

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Posted by MrPC
a resident of Castro City
on Jan 26, 2013 at 8:51 am

A free rock is still just a rock. I think making the wifi system work, as well as their other devices do, in Mt. View would be welcomed! THAT would improve my quality of life. I also think the driver-less vehicles is also a great step forward. I applaud the city council for protecting more than Google. And I applaud Google for being progressive. Was there a 'condition' on the wifi service? When a private corporation creates a public service should they make it work? I can offer free food to all of Mt. View - but then just hand out packets of crackers.
Sorry - I ramble.

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Posted by JT, homeowner
a resident of Cuesta Park
on Jan 26, 2013 at 9:28 am

BC - I have it on excellent authority that the city library and schools have ALWAYS used Google free wifi. Funds were never provided for internet at those places. It's easy to blame a successful corporation. Too many hands out. If folks don't like the service, they can pay for better.

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Posted by Steve
a resident of Jackson Park
on Jan 29, 2013 at 8:48 am

JT, I'm sorry to say that your "excellent authority" is perhaps, not so excellent. I used the library's PCs to access the internet way back in 1999, long before any city-wide Wi-Fi system existed. Google was just starting out then, and 56k dial-up access was still dominate in the home.

Either way, a gift is a gift, and the one Google gave to M.V. came with the understanding that Google would build and maintain it, since it was also a company-sponsored experiment intended to increase Google's experience with such systems.

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Posted by Ken Mort
a resident of another community
on Feb 25, 2013 at 2:54 pm

Will these buildings affect the inflow to the NASA-Ames 80- by 120-Ft Wind Tunnel and hence the wind tunnels flow quality in the afternoons during prevailing wind conditions?

Has this project been approved by the Army Corp of Engineers?

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