Google Fiber rollouts may include citywide WiFi networks moving forward. There has yet to be a formal announcement from Google, however details were discovered in a document currently being circulated to a few dozen cities that are potential candidates for Fiber.
Specifically, this document is being passed to 34 cities, and the plan for those moving forward will be to get Fiber in 2015. Along with the lack of an announcement by Google, those documents also appear to be light on the details. For now Google has offered the following;
“discussing our Wi-Fi plans and related requirements with your city as we move forward with your city during this planning process.”
When approached by IDG News Service, Google said they would “love to be able to bring Wi-Fi access to all of our Fiber cities.” But there was also mention about how they “don’t have any specific plans to announce right now.”
This could certainly be good news for users, and maybe even eliminate the need for a regular cellular device (for a small few users). More realistically, for now this just seems to be another mention of cities getting Google provided free WiFi — something we’ve heard several times in the past. Of course, this would mean even more data collection from Google. Not only would you be potentially using Google services, but those in a Fiber area would be using a Google connection (at home and in town) to connect to those services.
SOURCE: Computer World