Speedier WiFi Coming to Starbucks

Coffee chain's national rollout starts this month.

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If you love Frappuccinos but can't stand waiting around for your favorite web pages to load, you're in luck.

Internet speeds at Starbucks are about to get a lot faster.

The coffee chain has partnered with Google on a deal the Internet behemoth promises will increase speeds tenfold if not more,Google's official blog says. Cities with Google fiber optics will see WiFi speeds at Starbucks 100 times faster.

The Google rollout starts this month, effectively severing the coffee giant's relationship with AT&T.

“Google has long invested in helping the Internet grow stronger, including projects to make Internet access speedier, more affordable, and more widely available,” Google officials said.

All 7,000 Starbucks stores will get faster WiFi, the blog report says.

 “The free Internet connection at Starbucks has become an important part of many communities over the years, such as in the aftermath of Hurricane Sandy, or for students without Internet at home who do their homework at Starbucks.” 

Martinez has a Starbucks store located at 502 Center Ave, Another at  6688 Alhambra Ave, and one at 700 Main.

The rollout will take 16 months to complete.

“We appreciate your patience if it’s still a little while before we get to your favorite Starbucks—you’ll know your new network is ready to go when you can log in to the 'Google Starbucks' SSID,” Google officials said.

Does the promise of faster WiFi speeds make Starbucks a more compelling place to visit? Share your thoughts in our comments section.

Captain Bebops August 29, 2013 at 12:40 PM
You forgot the Starbucks on Arnold Drive at the strip mall right behind Home Depot. Not sure what faster speeds will buy you on the Internet other than for videos. A lot of times web sites loads are delayed because they have too many ads and those ad servers are over taxed.
Chris Kapsalis August 30, 2013 at 10:59 AM
You are never more than 6 feet from a spider or one mile from a starbucks it seems..... But we really need a starbucks between Nob Hill and Virginia Hills... That is just not acceptable.
Captain Bebops August 30, 2013 at 12:44 PM
The only thing there are more of in Martinez are Redbox kiosks. There are 11 within 2 miles of me. At least I don't have trouble finding a movie on disc especially when Netflix WI is having rebuffering problems.
Chris Kapsalis August 30, 2013 at 10:47 PM
Watch the movies at Starbucks....


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