It goes without saying that this development is obviously HUGE for the citywide wireless network movement going on in the U.S.
Yesterday, Google and EarthLink announced they submitted a joint proposal to create a citywide wireless network for the city of San Francisco. It was one of six proposals submitted to the TechConnect initiative leaders. The project panel will review all bids and submit recommendations by April.
This certainly is an interesting development. As has been reported here many times over the last year, EarthLink is arguably the leader in developing and deploying wireless networks, having scored some of the biggest projects already. A few months ago, Google offered to build the network in San Francisco for free, so this news definitely comes out of left field.
The big question is: Why? Why would these two rivals join together to do this? This certainly needs further exploration.
Ed. note: The Wireless Report has been contacted by a PR representative from EarthLink and we are looking to schedule an interview to get more information on this development. Stay tuned as we dig for the details.