Google Bringing WiFi to 7000 Starbucks Stores
This articles has been updated to include an official statement from AT&T, noting the carrier will discontinue its Wi-Fi service through Starbucks after an 18-month transition period.
Google is launching Wi-Fi at all of Starbucks 7000 company-owned stores.
According to a post on Google's official blog, Google will roll out the service to Starbucks stores over the next 18 months. Google claims the free connections will be faster than existing services offered by Starbucks.
"When your local Starbucks WiFi network goes Google, you’ll be able to surf the web at speeds up to 10x faster than before," wrote Kevin Lo, General Manager of Google Access, in the post. "If you’re in a Google Fiber city, we’re hoping to get you a connection that’s up to 100x faster."
Lo notes the importance of free Internet connections at public places like Starbucks has become an important for people getting along after disasters like Hurricane Sandy or for students without Internet at home.
Google will start rolling out the new networks this August. The service will compete with Wi-Fi offered at the stores by providers such as AT&T.
AT&T said that will be transitioning over the 18-month period, after which AT&T Wi-Fi will no longer be offered in Starbucks stores.
"Starbucks continues to be an important customer for us and we continue to provide them with a variety of services over AT&T’s advanced networks, including the nation’s fastest, most reliable 4G LTE network," AT&T said in a statement.