[GTER] Google announces free in-home wireless broadband service

Rubens Kuhl Jr. rubensk at gmail.com
Sun Apr 1 15:10:34 -03 2007


Google announces free in-home wireless broadband service

"Dark porcelain" project offers self-installed plumbing-based Internet access

MOUNTAIN VIEW, Calif., April 1, 2007 - Google Inc. (NASDAQ: GOOG)
today announced the launch of Google TiSP (BETA)™, a free in-home
wireless broadband service that delivers online connectivity via
users' plumbing systems. The Toilet Internet Service Provider (TiSP)
project is a self-installed, ad-supported online service that will be
offered entirely free to any consumer with a WiFi-capable PC and a
toilet connected to a local municipal sewage system.

"We've got that whole organizing-the-world's-information thing more or
less under control," said Google Co-founder and President Larry Page,
a longtime supporter of so-called "dark porcelain" research and
development. "What's interesting, though, is how many different
modalities there are for actually getting that information to you -
not to mention from you."

For years, data carriers have confronted the "last hundred yards"
problem for delivering data from local networks into individual homes.
Now Google has successfully devised a "last hundred smelly yards"
solution that takes advantage of preexisting plumbing and sewage
systems and their related hydraulic data-transmission capabilities.
"There's actually a thriving little underground community that's been
studying this exact solution for a long time," says Page. "And today
our Toilet ISP team is pleased to be leading the way through the
sewers, up out of your toilet and - splat - right onto your PC."

Users who sign up online for the TiSP system will receive a full home
self-installation kit, which includes a spindle of fiber-optic cable,
a TiSP wireless router, installation CD and setup guide. Home
installation is a simple matter of GFlushing™ the fiber-optic cable
down to the nearest TiSP Access Node, then plugging the other end into
the network port of your Google-provided TiSP wireless router. Within
sixty minutes, the Access Node's crack team of Plumbing Hardware
Dispatchers (PHDs) should have your internet connection up and

"I couldn't be more excited about, and am only slightly grossed out
by, this remarkable new product," said Marissa Mayer, Google's Vice
President of Search Products and User Experience. "I firmly believe
TiSP will be a breakthrough product, particularly for those users who,
like Larry himself, do much of their best thinking in the bathroom."

Interested consumers, contractually obligated partners and deeply
skeptical and quietly competitive backbiters can learn more about TiSP
at http://www.google.com/tisp/install.html.

About Google Inc.
Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people
around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by
Stanford Ph.D. wannabes Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google today is a
top web property in all major global markets. Google's targeted
advertising program provides businesses of all sizes with measurable
results, while enhancing the overall web experience for users. Google
is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout the
Americas, Europe and Asia. For more information, visit www.google.com.


Media Contact:
Sunny Gettinger
Google Inc.
sunnyg at google.com

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