At the behest of Gavin Newsom, the mayor of San Francisco, Google Inc. submitted a 100-page proposal to blanket the city of San Francisco with free WiFi Internet service so that “anyone in San Francisco could connect to the Internet.” Many believe that this is a way for Google to use a real market as a test bed for new WiFi, and maybe WiMAX, initiatives and test location-based technology to improve its popular search services. Some industry experts doubt if Google has the telecom expertise to pull off a wireless service offering, but with $7 billion in cash they could certainly find the expertise in a hurry if needed. Regardless of Google’s intentions, having free WiFi in the city would be great and having free WiMAX would be even better. Stay tuned to see if the proposal moves forward.

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