A while back, the city of San Francisco put out an RFP (Request for Proposal) for a free wifi network to blanket the city. Google was one of 26 companies to submit proposals. Google’s proposal states they would provide 300kbps service for free, and would charge for higher-speed access.
Engadget has a write up with more details, but there was one statement contained in Google’s proposal that caught my eye…
“we believe that ubiquitous, affordable Internet access is a crucial aspect of humanity’s social and economic development, and that working to supply free Wi-Fi is a major step in that direction.”
I couldn’t agree more… you go, Google!