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Google’s Support for Free WiFi and what it means to FreeNET

In a lot of ways, SADA is far ahead of Google in our vision to provide Free Wireless Internet via WiFi to the general public – their plans are underway – ours were underway 3 years ago. They will start rolling it out soon, FreeNET in NoHo has been up for over a year.

When Google announced last week that they plan to make all lf Mountain View, CA a free WiFi zone, it became apparent that this idea is now ‘mainstream’. It’s a significant confirmation of our way of thinking. If only SADA had the kind of resources to announce we were taking all of Los Angeles, the Valley, or just North Hollywood! This idea is not new, and Mountain View certainly won’t be the first city to provide “free wifi for all”, but Google’s backing of any idea is affirmation that – at least, SADA’s not crazy.

With the hard work of our Tech Support group, our first free WiFi Zone (Lankershim and Magnolia intersection, North Hollywood, CA 91601) is serving hundreds of users per week – it’s build on all Cisco equipment, and the bandwidth is provided by mPower (nope – none of the equipment or connection was donated – SADA paid / pays for it all). We are looking forward to expanding it to other parts of the Valley (naturally, we would start with North Hollywood first – it is our Headquarters, after all), and I think we will expand soon.

Do you want to read more about what Google is doing? Follow the links below.

Google Launches City-Wide Wi-Fi (PC Mag)

Headed to Mountain View, CA? If so, you can get free wireless Internet throughout the city, courtesy of Google. If you have a Google account, hopping on is simple, for PCs, Wi-Fi phones and more. We sent one of our experts down to check it out, and she came away very impressed. Some day we’ll all live like this, but until then you’ll have to read our account and dream:
http://www.pcmag.com/article2/0,1895,2004581,00.asp

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