Google and EarthLink were identified as the top candidate to build San Francisco's citywide network at their own expense: This allows the city to start negotiating with the two firms on details. Beware timetables. Philadelphia and EarthLink have spent months negotiating, and then the mayor's office apparently dumped hundreds of pages of detail about five city contracts and a sixth private one on city council members' desks hoping for a rubber stamp. Those contracts are not yet approved by the council.
The AP reports that Google is clearly stating they have no plans beyond SF and Mountain View, which has over 300 access points installed already and is in testing mode. Google's Chris Sacca, one of the municipal networking managers, said at David Isenberg's Freedom to Connect (F2C) conference this week that Google will act like a tenant on EarthLink's network, buying access from them to give away at 300 Kbps, according to Esme Vos.