4 Votes | Average: 2.75 out of 54 Votes | Average: 2.75 out of 54 Votes | Average: 2.75 out of 54 Votes | Average: 2.75 out of 54 Votes | Average: 2.75 out of 5 (4 votes, average: 2.75 out of 5) Loading ... Loading ...

by Mike Zazaian September 6, 2006 - 5:51pm, 5 Comments

Silicon Valley
Silicon Valley Task Force to create 1,500 square miles of free wireless internet connectivity.

A plan to blanket the Silicon Valley region of California would result in the largest wireless hotspot in the world. The Wireless Silicon Valley Task Force recently made a deal with the Silicon Valley Metro Connect, a tech alliance consisting of IBM and Cisco. The proposed region of connectivity would span from San Francisco to Santa Cruz, with a diameter of 60 miles (96 km) and an area of over 1,500 miles (3,900 km).

Initially the network will be free to residents, supporting itself with advertisements. Additional options such as VOIP and streaming video will cost extra, although there are currently no set pricing plans for these options. There are currently no bandwidth details available.

GoogleFiInterestingly, the Silicon Valley Task Force hotspot would overlap with one of Google’s Projects, GoogleFi, which currently provides totally free WiFi to the 72,000 residents of Mountain View, California. GoogleFi cost only $1 million to build, covers 12 square miles, and uses 380 light pole-mounted transceivers to bounce wireless signals throughout the region. Bandwidth speeds for GoogleFi currently top out at 1 megabit per second.

[via engadget]