Google's Mountain View wireless network launches

Google officially gets into the wireless network pool today with the launch of a citywide wireless network in its hometown, Mountain View, California. According to the company, the network provides coverage to about 90 percent of the 12-square-mile city at speeds up to 1 megabit per second.

Although it has been speculated that Google is not that interested in becoming a force in the citywide wireless network marketplace, many eyes will be watching how this network performs, because its success or failure will be interpreted as a sign of things to come with Google's partnership with EarthLink in the San Francisco wireless network.

That may not be very fair to Google, since EarthLink is doing the majority of the grunt work there, but Google is one of the highest profile companies around, and the brunt of the scrutiny will fall upon them.

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