Post by Roy Post by Thad Floryan Post by Roy
Google will just abandon fiber the same way when it becomes obsolete.
Uh, OK. What you do see obsoleting fiber in the foreseeable future, say
What obsoleted the Wifi network? Radio waves got tired? Its not
obsolete; it wasn't maintained.
All infrastructure needs maintenance of some sort. Ideally, for
WiFi, just verifying it's up and running would be the minimum. I
wonder if bits and pieces were gradually being "liberated" thus
leading to the dysfunction.
Post by Roy
I tried to connect to the city wifi system where I live and couldn't.
After numerous emails that weren't answered, I heard back that the guy
who ran the network was gone and there is no one to replace him because
of budget cuts. The city has no idea if the network is working and there
is no one who cares.
Sigh. And this is Silicon Valley. :-(
From observations over the years, it seems Google quickly tires of things
that don't contribute directly to their bottom line.
Presently Google is experimenting with WiFi-enabled balloons and that seems
to be what interests them. Googling "google wifi balloons" finds these
among many other hits noting the first hit is the Mountain View newspaper:
Google plan would beam WiFi from the sky - Mountain View Voice
Balloon-Powered Wifi - google.com?
Project Loon - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Project Loon: Google's Wi-Fi Balloons for the World - YouTube
Google Wants to Use Balloons to Cover the World in Wi-Fi - Gizmodo
Google starts testing its 'Wi-Fi balloons' in California - BGR.com
Google's Wi-Fi Balloons to Travel Thrice Around World | Gadgets ...