Google's Holiday WiFi Bonanza

By robo24wolverinerobo24wolverine (1258000730|%a, %b %e at %I:%M%p)

Oh, Google…yet again you amaze us.

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What's Happening?

Google announced on 11/10/09 at 08:00am (get the number play? 11, 10, 9, 8…) that they would be offering free WiFi at 47 airports during the coming holiday season. The press release states that 47 airports throughout the US will take part of this event, starting from November 17th, 2009 to January 15th, 2010.

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Google is Awesome!

Google is taking over the world. Slowly but surely, they are entering almost every facet of our daily lives. Now they are looking to make customers even happier by providing them a service many fliers believe should be free. The effect for Google is wonderful, because they get in the grace of even more people, and they have a large number of people in these airports getting on google (which will probably be the home page once you login). The entire project may end up being a net loss, but the benefits obtained from making this move will probably increase Google's revenue.

This Airport Sucks!

Don't people just always hate it when they're in the airport and they need to check their e-mail, but can't! You see a WiFi connection, and you celebrate…but all of a sudden, boom! They're trying to charge you $5 an hour!

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Airport Internet in general is just not good, so maybe this is Google's way of saying that there should be free WiFi all around in airports. Productivity lost when people are in layovers, and when flights are delayed, and even when they are flying is concerning. Some end up taking red eye flights in order to avoid being unreachable at key work hours.

But why?

A couple of theories…
*market analysis for free airport WiFi
*testing for IPv6, the next generation Internet standard

What does this mean?!

First off, two of the airports have decided to continue offering free WiFi (Burbank and Seattle). This means that this may influence other airports to seek ways to offer the WiFi services for free. This could start a new trend for major airports offering free WiFi in the terminals, which would be amazing. Coming from a frequent flyer that usually get really bored at airports, I usually have to prepare beforehand by having a movie ready to watch or a game to play on my computer. If I had free WiFi I could chat with people and do work if I had to (Spring Break?).

Another result could be that it hastens the possibility for release of IPv6. I don't have much information regarding IPv6, but if this is the next thing to make Internet browsing more secure and faster, I am ok with it. For these two reasons, Google's move seems great and we'll have to see how it unfolds in the next few months.

Airport Code
Austin AUS
Baltimore BWI
Billings BIL
Boston BOS
Bozeman BZN
Buffalo BUF
Burbank BUR
Central Wisconsin CWA
Charlotte CLT
Des Moines DSM
El Paso ELP
Fort Lauderdale FLL
Fort Myers RSW
Greensboro GSO
Houston-Hobby HOU
Houston-Bush IAH
Indianapolis IND
Jacksonville JAX
Kalamazoo AZO
Las Vegas LAS
Louisville SDF
Madison MSN
Memphis MEM
Miami MIA
Milwaukee MKE
Monterey MRY
Nashville BNA
Newport PHF
Norfolk ORF
Oklahoma City OKC
Omaha OMA
Orlando MCO
Panama City PFN
Pittsburgh PIT
Portland, Maine PWM
Sacramento SMF
San Antonio SAT
San Diego SAN
San Jose SJC
Seattle SEA
South Bend SBN
Spokane GEG
St. Louis STL
State College SCE
Toledo TOL
Traverse City TVC
West Palm Beach PBI
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