Google WiFi in San Francisco Continued…
According to that latest report by Chris Nuttall, FT.com correspondent, in San Francisco the “Muni WiFi” movement has been dealt a double blow with the collapse of its San Francisco and Chicago schemes to provide blanket wireless coverage. The San Francisco scheme – fell apart on last Wednesday night, after Earthlink, the internet service provider, said it was pulling out of a contract to build the city’s WiFi network – was one of the most high-profile in the country because of the involvement of Google.
The internet company was planning to subsidise a free-access option for users in exchange for including advertising in the service.
According to the article the main reasons are the following:
- Muni WiFi has become a victim of flawed business plans,
- slow user adoption,
- technology problems
- and political delays.
- Alternative technologies have also been emerging –
The failure of Muni WiFi to live up to expectations contributed to the company’s announcement of 900 job losses this week, almost half its workforce. Google seemed to suggest on Thursday that it was still interested in providing free access, but with a new partner. “We hope that the city will be able to reach an agreement that will enable all San Franciscans to enjoy a free WiFi network,” a spokesperson said.
The above is copyrighted material by The Financial Times Ltd.