Google announces free broadband internet for Portland - and rest of USA.

Google's just announced a new free in-home wireless broadband service.

Sick of paying for broadband that you have to, well, pay for?

Introducing Google TiSP (BETA), our new FREE in-home wireless broadband service. Sign up today and we'll send you your TiSP self-installation kit, which includes setup guide, fiber-optic cable, spindle, wireless router and installation CD.

Here at BlueOregon HQ, we're not quite clear on the details yet, but Google's guarantee that the hardware is "vacuum-sealed to prevent water damage" is promising. Apparently, Google plans to use the national network of sewers to connect homes to the internet.

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 running.

So much for the city's free municipal wi-fi (that's only available outdoors.)

Learn more. Discuss.

  • mamabigdog (unverified)

    Great April Fool's Day... love it!

    It really would be a series of tubes then, wouldn't it?

  • 17yearoldwithanopinion (unverified)

    Gotta love google. They have a page that gives links to prior april fools pranks.

  • LT (unverified)

    Thanks for alerting us to that prank. I sent the How TISP Works link to a relative (living in the Monterey Bay area of California) who just wrote back:

    "I needed a good laugh today. That one ranks up there with the Taco Liberty Bell and the time the local left-leaning weekly did a cover story on Fort Ord being reopened as a military base. "

  • Phil Jones (unverified)

    I always suspected where the source of most of the philosophical creativity originates in Blue Oregon. Now I have confirmation.

  • nancygeorge (unverified)

    I wonder what a brown-out looks like on this new TiSP

  • Kitty (unverified)

    Hey! I'm on a septic system, so I am left out of this :(. Hmmm ... I think I should sue. I know the right to broadband has be in the Bill of Rights somewhere ....


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    You had me until I saw the toilet, then I was laughing pretty loud. That's a pretty good joke.

  • courtney (unverified)

    Even better April Fools Day prank: Paper Mail

  • Jay Wells (unverified)

    Great. But how many people use their PC in the WC?

  • spicey (unverified)

    you know, I like a good prank, too... but you'd think, in a time of war, while we have soldiers dying, and an awful president, they could have for a moment, directed some of their power, to illuminate, something that actually matters like the future of this planet or people dying needlessly so that we can have power to read jokes.

  • Signey (unverified)
    <h2>Thanks spicey, for your zeal, and I hope that you harness that to good use, but having a fiance in the Middle East, still missing my favorite cat whose kidneys gave out, and dealing with a chronic debilitating illness, I can't think of anything better than to bring some joy and humor to people in these difficult days. I got a great kick out of it! Just what I needed! Good job Google!</h2>
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