Starbucks is replacing AT&T with Google to provide WiFi to its customers, beginning this August. Starbucks and Google will also work together to co-develop the next-generation Starbucks Digital Network.

Over the next 18 months, Starbucks will convert more than 7,000 U.S. stores to the upgraded store network and WiFi experience, which will bring speeds up to 10x faster than before. Starbucks and Google will work with telecommunications company Level 3 Communications.

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Level 3 will upgrade existing Wi-Fi devices and will manage in-store connectivity in more than 7,000 company-owned stores across the nation.

[Image courtesy: Starbucks]