Google In The Air
Matt McKenzie Oct 01 2005
Google has .. submitted a plan to cover 95 percent of San Francisco
with 300kpbs wireless Internet access, at no charge either to users or
to the city ..
.. the hills of the San Miguel range, some nearly 1,000 feet high,
combine with dozens of smaller hills and valleys to wreak havoc on
wireless signals. Google says it will ensure quality of service by
installing up to 30 access points per square mile ..
.. the prospect of genuine competition simply petrifies the telecom
industry -- in this case, our widely-despised local provider, SBC
Communications. I don't see them allowing this to happen without a
legal and/or legislative fight ..
We've also heard from Vince Vasquez, a "policy fellow" with the Pacific
Research Institute, who says he opposes any municipal involvement in
providing wireless Internet access.
"Our concern is with public money and publicly controlled Internet
access," Vasquez told the San Francisco Chronicle. "We take a lot of
caution about how government should intervene in the market."
Surprise: The Pacific Research Institute receives funding from SBC.
This may explain why Vasquez can utter free-market platitudes without
addressing an equally vital concern for any conservative think tank:
Telling the federal government to *** out of local jurisdictions'