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    Sunday, April 01, 2007

    Google's Free Broadband

    Is it real?? I dunno. At first I thought, "cool!" but then I noticed it was after midnight, and that made it ... April Fool's Day.

    So what is it? Well, Google has announced free broadband internet. You sign up and they will send the stuff out to you. Sound too good to be true? Well, maybe not. It's been talked about for a while that Google is doing internet. Something about free wi-fi in San Francisco. They actually actualized (is that grammatically legal?) the plans by providing free wi-fi to everyone in Mountain View, CA at the end of August, last year.

    So, giving out free internet isn't too much of a stretch...

    ...which also makes it the perfect April Fool's Day joke.

    If they had stopped there, they would have had me. But they didn't. I clicked on the install link at http://www.google.com/tisp/install.html. That took me to a page showing me how to install the internet -- THROUGH MY TOILET.

    Awesome. Instead of crappy internet, I can get my internet crappy.

    Sorry .... it's late and I've been studying hard.

    So, in case you think we might actually get super fast internet for free, it's all a joke. You're stuck with the junk we have from our cable companies or DSL providers or AT&T, who all want to charge us an arm and a leg for slower connections than the Japanese and Koreans have, and have the audacity to want to start making the internet a tiered system by preferentially charging websites for faster access by surfers.

    Unless you live in Mountain View, that is.


    Anonymous said...

    At first I thought this might explain Google's recent purchases of mobile dark fiber. Afterall, they would need the fiber to support all the bandwidth for the high speed internet connection they are offering. But then I looked at the date!

    T1 Survey dedicated internet access line

    Triet said...

    yes, Google's dark fiber purchases are intriguing...especially because it's "dark fiber," like the "dark side."

    At least, that's how I always hear it in my head.

    In reality, Google's continuing purchases of fiber put it in position to become an ISP if it wants--more--a video/internet/telephone provider. I think it eventually will, just like I think it will eventually come out with it's own web browser/OS combo. Why? Because it can. And that's Google's motto. Do everything. Try every weird idea. Eventually, you'll find the one that sticks and make billions.

    Which makes me think ... what will News Corp do if Google does "move up"?

    VietPundit said...

    Hi Triet, I answered your comment at my blog:

    Yeah, I'm concerned about Minh-Duc too. Some time back, when his blog was still up (even though he had stopped posting for a while), I emailed him (at the email shown on the blog), but no response from him. After a while, his blog was deleted. I hope he's doing OK.

    Triet said...

    test comment.

    xanghe said...

    Google's sure got a sense of humor. Another good example is their directions from
    New York to London
    on Google Maps. Pay special attention to step number 23.

    Anonymous said...

    Another story about googles high speed internet lol. If a company can do this it would be google. http://t1linepricequote.com

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