Google’s (GOOG) free public WiFi network in its hometown of Mountain View, Calif. is getting heavy use after its first year in service, the company said. The service has 15,000 active monthly users across the 12-square-mile coverage area, and the usage is spread out: 95 percent of Google’s mesh routers see some action on any given day.
Since the beginning of this year, traffic on the network has grown about 10 percent each month, the company said, and the network now handles more than 300 gigabytes of data each day.
Google seems to have released the numbers, in part, to help its other wireless efforts along. The company said in a statement:
Google’s wireless efforts are probably of interest to cities that have launched similar municipal WiFi projects. They are also watched by carriers such as AT&T (T) and Verizon (VZ), which have at times viewed public WiFi efforts as a threat to their business models.