A couple days ago, Google rolled out free Internet service to the entire city of Mountain View, California, the biggest such project in the history of the country. Given the historic proportions of the network, PC Magazine editor Natalie Del Conte drove into the city to test it out, and chronicled her journey in this report.
Reading her report, it's obvious that this undertaking is in the very first stages of infancy, with the connection dropping frequently and connection speeds dwarfed by other hotspots in the area, like Starbucks. Though, on the good side, it seems security is well implemented.Here's a quote from Del Conte's article: "Once I hit downtown Mountain View, around Castro Street and California Street, the wireless signal strengthened. I pulled over in front of a building called the Silicon Valley Center, a company that also has a Wi-Fi signal that I could easily pick up, I was up and running on Google's network and it was pretty darn good. I browsed with some impressive speeds and was able to run two instant messaging programs at the same time I was working from our VPN client and streaming music from an iTunes radio station."
Report Published by: Mark Raby
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