I’m getting my car serviced this morning in Mountain View, CA. I’m told it will take an hour to an hour and a half. Certainly not my favorite errand, especially when the magazines in the waiting room are, no offense, Better Homes and Gardens, O: At Home: An Oprah Magazine, an old Sports Illustrated that I’ve already read, and a Harper’s Bazaar from December 2003 (although Salma Hayak is on the cover, so that’s not a bad thing.)As I’m on my way to work, I have my computer with me. And, since this dealership is in Mountain View it is covered by free Google Wi-Fi. The whole town of Mountain View is covered. Gratis. By Google. This is where Google is based and while some may claim that is it just their attempt to get their employees to work 24×7, they’ve explained that it’s really a community service. And, as I’m not a Google employee and they receive no direct benefit by providing me with free wi-fi, I can tell you that having access to the network and my ability to VPN to work while waiting in my car dealership’s lounge does give me a warm, fuzzy feeling for them. And, I bet, one of their top two reasons for installing Wi-Fi was, “Have people feel warm and fuzzy towards Google.” Mission Accomplished.Cisco provides free broadband for its employees at home so that your work connectivity is seamless if you are a telecommuter or have an occasional WFH day…and, of course, to help extend the work day, if one wishes. Our CEO, John Chambers, explains that providing employees with broadband is a no-brainer. Basically, if an employee works one extra hour a month at home, then the broadband cost is paid for. Speaking from personal experience, I can tell you they are getting their money’s worth. (And, as we have the fabulous Linksys in the Cisco family, most of our homes therefor have wireless broadband throughout.)Okay, now back to real work. Sitting in the dealership’s lounge. Using my free Google Wi-Fi.