Came across this today on the Google Web site. This may toss a wrench in Toledo's plan for city wifi. They are offering a tiered system: free for 8Mbps, $9.95 for 16Mbps, and 32Mbps for $24.95. Sounds cool!
With Google finally taking a stab in the home broadband internet, and coming up with a unique way to get around the costly infrastructure that Wireless companies must deal with in order to get citywide coverage, their plan cannot be ignored. If Toledo allows Google to have a TiSP access node, then hookup should be quite easy and fairly straightforward. This could really undercut the need to have wireless Toledo. I wonder if they will devise a pay as you go plan? Google may even station a PHD in Toledo to handle the increase connections.
Of note should be the benefits of the upgraded sewer system in Toledo. Maybe we will be able to get less packet collision since our system will be more modern than most municipal systems. This could also put Toledo in a competitive advantage with most of our infrastructure being pretty modern. This is why we need to really approach the Mountain View Company and get Toledo on the first stage of the Beta testing. They did have a link to the Cities/companies that are all set up with the system, but it was broken, so I could not see if any local cities were participants.
A benefit of an upgraded sewer system is better data flow. Newer systems have more space and less buildup so there is less chance for data collision (a problem with a bunch of network wires together). The equation for packet collision in this case is pretty standard. Normally it is ioi = length from switch x distance/flowrate. But with the EPA mandated upgraded system it will most likely be ioi = (length from switch x distance/flowrate)x 2.75 for a system less than 10 years old. Of course it will mostly likely only be in the areas with the upgraded systems, such as Point Place and South Toledo. Regardless, if you live in an older system, you probably still can get the 8Mbps rate. But upgraded users, should expect 1.5x the speed if my calculations are right. Of course it will be important to use Google's CAT 6 cables, because they will be certified at 100mhz which means the speed will be constant and less prone to attracting the attention of rodents. They can't hear the data being transmitted over 80mhz, so if you use a standard CAT 5 cable you may be more prone to needing new cables more frequently.
Of course there is no such thing as a free lunch. The system will be ad supported and will be customized based upon analysis of your use of the system.
Regardless, I think this plan deserves a second look here in Toledo. Read more in the PR below and on the Google site. And Mac and Linux users, you will need to wait a little bit longer for compatibility, but Google promises future compatibility.
MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., - Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG) today announced the launch of Google TiSP (BETA)