So, two days ago, Google announced Google is providing a free WiFi network under "GoogleWifi" (802.11b/g) in Mountain View, CA (see SEW Blog). But does it work well? What are the concerns of using it? Where else is it wanted? That is what we learn from the forums. I have tracked the discussion at WebmasterWorld & DigitalPoint Forums.
incrediBILL at WebmasterWorld comments on how Google can/will use this data, the traffic and usage data, to control the world (exaggerating here).
This free WiFi nonsense is a very dangerous precedent IMO as taking revenue away from ISPs will result in the end of 'net neutrality as the service providers seek ways to replace all the lost income.
But does it even work? dnielsen writes;
I'm sitting here in the middle of Mtn View, looking at my wireless network options. GoogleWiFi is one of them, but it shows only 2 out of 5 bars. Perhaps this GoolgeWiFi is still in Beta!
But dnielsen was able to post at WebmasterWorld his experience using GoogleWifi on the Google Wifi network.