back to article New York's Chelsea gets free Wi-Fi courtesy of Google

Google is setting up a free outdoor Wi-Fi zone around its New York headquarters in the Chelsea district, making it available to local residential homes and schools. At a press conference on Tuesday, New York's Mayor Michael Bloomberg said that free Wi-Fi was a "great idea" and the city has already wired up 20 public parks in the …

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Black Helicopters

Privacy is optional.

Nothing in life is free.

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Happy

Re: Privacy is optional.

Nothing is ALWAYS free. Really. Think about it.

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All of your Internet traffic scanned, data mined and personalised adverts sent to you, while a profile of your habits and searches are sent to a selected group of partners. Or Free Google WIFI as it will be known as.

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Big Brother

Re: All of your Internet traffic scanned

which makes it different then the rest of my internet traffic, how?

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Free Wi-Fi

That would be like the free citywide Wi-Fi that US companies have sued local governments into NOT deploying, am I right? Companies like Cox, Brighthouse, Time Warner, Comcast and other big ISPs?

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In keeping with the subhead

She told me again, she preferred handsome men

but for me she would make an exception.

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Anonymous Coward

There is nothing free in this world

Everything comes with strings attached, especially Google and the internet. But then again a sucker is born every .00000001 seconds so there are a lot of suckers to fleece.

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Imagine what the network would cost if they charged for it

You have to admit, the estimated costs to install ($115k) and operate ($45k) the network are pretty low. Sure not as cheap as 3 DSL lines and 3 SOHO routers, but nowhere near what companies were quoting back in the years of muni-WiFi.

Can you imagine what kinds of operational overheads and costs would come with having to create billing, authentication, support center (including a way to give credit to users who pay but can't get connected), and roaming agreements and transfer payment schemes and revenue sharing, and on and on...

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