(UPDATE: The Mercury News story on this.)
Turns out Google’s WiFi plans (hopes) extend beyond San Francisco. As the Merc is reporting tomorrow, Google’s appearing before the Mountain View City Council next week to pitch a plan for free WiFi in the Peninsula city, similar to its proposal for San Francisco. Mountain View is the home of Google’s headquarters.
Said Google in a statement:
Google has no plans at this time to expand our Wi-Fi efforts beyond the Bay Area. Providing free Wi-Fi access to Mountain View is one way Google can support the citizens and businesses in the community where we’re headquartered. We look forward to speaking with the City Council and hope they accept this proposal so we can offer free Wi-Fi access to the residents and visitors of Mountain View.
At least one councilman termed the plan a “good idea.” We’ll see where the city is on this next week, and whether they open it up to any sort of competitive bidding process.