Can Google and FreedomPop Free Americans From Wireless Carriers and ISPs?
Comcast (NASDAQ:CMCSA), Charter (NASDAQ:CHTR), Verizon (NYSE:VZ), AT&T (NYSE:T), and many more may have something to fear in the coming months and years as two movements on both sides of the country threaten to redefine the Internet and mobile carrier market.
Any number of factors could be putting traditional Internet service providers and mobile carriers at odds with their customers. Of course, things like poor service can turn away customers, but that’s usually on a case-by-case basis. But one recent Google (NASDAQ:GOOG) project and one privately-held service provider could be chipping away at way business is fundamentally conducted.
Google actually has two things going on: Google Fiber and a free WiFi service in a New York neighborhood. Google Fiber is the company’s new, high-speed Internet service that stands to best all other public ISPs when it comes to bandwidth, and could do so at competitive prices. As for WiFi, Google has agreed to offer free, public WiFi for the Chelsea neighborhood of New York City, which could see a great deal of traffic from the area’s denizens.
These two projects may not be enough to deal significant damage to Comcast or Charter yet, but they certainly do threaten to best those services within the areas they are offered. Currently, Google Fiber has seen availability limited to the Kansas City area, though there are plans to expand…