By free access to everyone I mean the United States, at least for the moment. Business 2.0 Magazine reports that Google may be creating a network of free Wi-Fi access in the United States. Evidence shows that Google has been buying up unused fiber-optic cable in the US in an effort to reduce it’s future bandwidth bill as it rolls out more and more bandwidth intensive services such as Google Earth. Is Google making yet another brilliant play that may one day see it as the largest Internet service provider in the US offering free access funded by targeted advertising?
What if Google (GOOG) wanted to give Wi-Fi access to everyone in America? And what if it had technology capable of targeting advertising to a user’s precise location? The gatekeeper of the world’s information could become one of the globe’s biggest Internet providers and one of its most powerful ad sellers, basically supplanting telecoms in one fell swoop.
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