I’ve been wrong before about the reasons behind domain name registrations by large corporations, as seen with my story on Amazon Android Tablets published over a week ago. Yet, that story still got press coverage from CNNMoney, The Next Web, and Business Insider, despite my initial thoughts on the domain registrations being wrong.
Here’s another rumor for you that’s just in.
Google is planning to offer “free” WiFi Hot Spots everywhere. Or at least the company is planning to expand beyond Mountain View, California, where it currently offers coverage. The Mountain View WiFi network started being offered in 2006.
Earlier this week, Google registered the domain name, waziwifi.com (Whois Record).
While the term “wazi” isn’t something you’ll find in the English dictionary, in Swahili “wazi” means “open”.
News of Google’s Ultra high-speed broadband in Kansas City, Kansas, was announced late last month on the Offiicial Google Blog, but according to Google’s FAQ page for its Google Fiber for Communities, as far as a wireless component being offered, Google had to say this: “Our focus is on developing a fiber-to-the-home network and we have no plans to include a wireless component at this stage. In general, we think wireless and wireline services are complementary, because wireless networks offer a nice degree of flexibility, while wireline networks can currently reach greater speeds.”
Will ultra high-speed WiFi hot spots hosted by Google be making there way across the United States? Who knows, but in the meantime, here’s a look at the registrant record.
1600 Amphitheatre Parkway
Mountain View CA 94043
+1.6502530000 Fax: +1.6502530001
Domain Name: waziwifi.com
Registrar Name: Markmonitor.com
Registrar Whois: whois.markmonitor.com
Registrar Homepage: http://www.markmonitor.com/
Created on…………..: 2011-04-06.
Expires on…………..: 2013-04-05.
Record last updated on..: 2011-04-06.
[Updated on August 30, 2011:.Google launches Wi-Fi in Nairobi.]