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Google Fiber considers free public Wi-Fi

By Natalie Crofts | Posted - Apr 25th, 2014 @ 11:45am



MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif. — Cities with Google Fiber may also receive free public Wi-Fi in the future, according to documents distributed by the company.

The company has not made an official announcement about the potential Wi-Fi service yet, but documents distributed to cities that are candidates for receiving Google Fiber's services indicated the company is considering the possibility of adding Wi-Fi.

In the documents, Google wrote the company will be “discussing our Wi-Fi plans and related requirements with your city as we move forward with your city during this planning process,” according to the IDG News Service.

Google Fiber is currently considering 34 cities to expand its network to, including Salt Lake City. Provo was one of the first cities to receive the service.

The company is currently working with leaders from the candidate cities to determine where it will offer its services. The cities are currently completing a fiber-ready checklist as the company conducts a detailed city study. The company said it will provide updates about which new cities will receive Google Fiber by the end of 2014.

Specific details about the potential Google Fiber Wi-Fi service were not included in the documents, but the company told PC World that while it didn't have any plans to announce now, it would love to bring Wi-Fi access to all of its fiber cities.

Google Fiber would not be the first company to offer public Wi-Fi in Utah — Comcast began offering access to public Wi-Fi spots in October, when it installed more than 1,000 hot spots in Ogden, Salt Lake City, Provo and other cities along the Wasatch Front. High-traffic locations like Temple Square are covered by the service.

Current Comcast customers can use the hot spots for free. Those without a subscription can access the Wi-Fi for up to two one-hour sessions every 30 days, according to the company. Once that limit has been reached, people can pay a fee to continue using the Wi-Fi based on time usage.

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