A Reuters article claims that Google is preparing to launch its own wireless Internet service, Google WiFi. Evidence includes several pages found at wifi.google.com including a FAQ for their Google Secure Access, a downloadable client application that allows users to establish a more secure WiFi connection. Some report that San Francisco Bay Area users will soon be able to connect freely to Google Wi-Fi hotspots using this VPN wireless client.
UPDATE: An anonymous source on Dave Farber’s IP mailing list says:
Google is doing two things:
1) promoting municipal Wi-Fi and working with the city of San Francisco and companies like EarthLink;
2) releasing a beta of a simple VPN client — “Google Secure Access” — which provides a tunnel to a Google VPN server exploiting the built-in VPN tool in Windows XP and 2000. This is useful on insecure Wi-Fi networks for those that have no VPN, but it is not a Wi-Fi service.
Offering a free VPN service might make sense as a new way for Google to put ads in front of eyes.