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Tuesday, August 16, 2005
  Free nationwide Wi-Fi access courtesey of Google?
Could Google be trying to build a natiowide WiFi network that would be free for everyone? They could be. Business 2.0 lays out the evidence of Google's plans to Natiowide internet access dominance of which includes the fact that Google has been buying up unused fiber-optic cable lines as well Google's teaming up with San Fran WiFi spot maker startup Feeva (I got a feeva and the only perscription is free WiFi! sorry, i had to). What's unique about Feeva is that they use proprietary technology to be able to tell where each user of their free WiFi network is connecting from. Google may be able to use that technology to server up location specific ads based on where users of their free nationwide WiFi network are. That only would bring them loarge amounts of business from consumers and businesses looking to advertise. The word is Feeva is readying more free hotspots in California, Florida, New York, and Washington. Google's response? From Google mouthpiece Nate Taylor:
We are sponsoring [Feeva] because [it is] trying to make free Wi-Fi available in San Francisco, and this matches Google’s goal to organize the world’s information and make it universally accessible. We don't have anything to add at this point about future plans." To which we speculate: Today San Francisco, tomorrow the world.
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