Starting next month, Google will begin providing WiFi service for all 7,000 US Starbucks locations, offering Starbucks customers connections speeds up to 10x faster, and possibly up to 100x faster for stores located in Google Fiber cities.
The roll-out is expected to take up to 18 months, and is part of Google’s investment to make Internet access, “…speedier, more affordable, and more widely available.”
Remaining free to Starbucks customers, users will know they are logged in to the Google network when they see the “Google Starbucks” SSID.
“The free Internet connection at Starbucks has become an important part of many communities over the years, such as in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, or for students without Internet at home who do their homework at Starbucks,” wrote Google access general manager Kevin Lo in the release announcing the partnership.
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