After months of beta testing and anticipation, the Internet giant plans to open up its free, wireless Internet network to Mountain View's 72,000 residents.
The network covers about 90 percent of the city's 12 square miles and offers maximum data-transfer speeds of up to 1 megabit per second -- slightly slower than DSL.
Why is Google doing this? Ahh, because they are an internet company and this is akin to opening up a new storefront for 72,000 customers. Their cost is about a million dollars, a pittance to a company that collected $2.5 billion in revenue for the quarter ending June 30 - and remember ninety-nine percent of that revenue came from online advertising.
Google - come on up to Edmonton!