Is everyone going to hug each other now, light up the campfire, grab a guitar and start singing "Kumbaya"? I won't argue that spreading Wi-Fi signal all over the place is a bad idea. The more ubiquitous the availability of signal, the more often we (might) connect and find useful information. But efforts at providing Wi-Fi in large public spaces in many municipalities has failed. What is Google going to do differently so that its plan won't fail.
Whitt says that Google has been testing technology to make sure that its Wi-Fi doesn't interfere with nearby TV channels. That's nice, but who's going to pay for the Wi-Fi? Google's advertisers? Municipalities? End users?
It also seems inherently optimistic to think that Google could get all of this off the ground and running by the end of next year.
What do you all think? Can Google get it done? Will the government (and TV station operators) allow it? Can anything like this possibly succeed when similar attempts at providing Wi-Fi to the masses have failed?