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Silicon Valley Network: AT&T in, Google Out
1,500 square mile network reaching 2.4 million
by Karl Bode 09:56AM Tuesday May 02 2006
As mentioned, the Wireless Silicon Valley Task Force has released a Request for Proposal for the development of a multi-use, high-speed, wireless data network that will cover 1,500 square miles and reach 2.4 million people. According to Mercury News, Google will not be bidding on the project, but AT&T will. AT&T also recently bid on a Wi-Fi project being planned for Grand Rapids, Michigan. AT&T feels muni-Fi will be a "good complement" to its other service offerings.

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Interesting

Instead of fighting in court AT&T is going to join in. I wonder what the other telco's are going to think of this.
I can see other areas such as in Wyoming where you have small communities, Burns, Hillsdale, Albin, Eggbert, etc with each have small populations but are geographically close together so a Wifi system would be a good choice. Unfortunately this is in Qwest, we sue you, land so the chance of anyone coming in to do this are slim-to-none.

en102
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Valencia, CA

Its all business...

Like all business - fight off competition (especially one that would directly erode your bottom line). In this case, the only way to fight off competition was to join in on the Muni WiFi, and still keep the market business. The main difference is that AT&T won't be dictating the Muni WiFi, but providing service for it.

rachelsfx

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I guess this is "Project Wi-Speed?"

Considering what a joke Project Lightspeed is, do you really think this won't be a joke too?

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Re: I guess this is "Project Wi-Speed?"

said by rachelsfx:

Considering what a joke Project Lightspeed is, do you really think this won't be a joke too?
The one thing about this area there are enough people who are movers and shakers in technology who live there so the wool can not be pulled over their eyes.
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texconx

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If it's such a joke why does AT&T/SBC have more DSL subscribers than any other carriers?

rachelsfx

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Re: I guess this is "Project Wi-Speed?"

Stupid people do Stupid Things!
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Re: I guess this is "Project Wi-Speed?"

Get off your high horse. This is called an "affordable" thing.
texconx

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Re: I guess this is "Project Wi-Speed?"

rachelsfx are you "anti-anything positive from an RBOC"?

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Google learned its lesson in San Francisco

I think Google is passing on this because they are beginning to see what a potential loser the business is as they fight thru all the bureaucracy and special interest groups in SF. They may be figuring out they may not actually make any money. Google can afford some losses in SF for the PR value, but they sure aren't going to keep throwing money at something that loses money.
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Re: Google learned its lesson in San Francisco

You got that right in a city like San Fransisco they are going to feed on Google like a leech demanding ever more because they will look at this system as an entitlement and not a service.
jdir

join:2001-05-04
Santa Clara, CA

Re: Google learned its lesson in San Francisco

I would guess that Google find out that it does take a lot of truck rolls, just to maintain a city wide WIFI network than to maintain it on a techie campus.

Kxpuc

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blah

doesn't take them long to get back on track of ruining their rep

brooklynman4

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Brewster, NY

Re: blah

Buisness is buissnes and when politicsare invovled theres nothing anyone can do about it .
jdir

join:2001-05-04
Santa Clara, CA

I predict

I predict AT&T will offer a teaser WIFI (500Kbits down)
just to lure more people to DSL.

Personally, after using MetroFi - one just want to subscribe to a real stable broadband service without all the hassle.
LiberalWacko

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Schenectady, NY

Muni-Fi OK As Long As We Do It

AT&T feels muni-Fi will be a "good complement" to its other service offerings.
When they will be providing it. When they aren't providing it, they fight it to the death.

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