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Starbucks Teams up with Google to Bring Next-Generation Wi-Fi Experience to Customers

  Starbucks Teams up with Google to Bring Next-Generation Wi-Fi Experience to
  Customers

      Starbucks to offer up to 10 times faster network and Wi-Fi speeds

Business Wire

SEATTLE -- July 31, 2013

Starbucks today announced the selection of Google to provide the next
generation of its Wi-Fi offering for its customers. Beginning this August, new
U.S. company-operated Starbucks® stores will begin to receive up to 10 times
faster network and Wi-Fi speeds. Over the next 18 months, Starbucks will
convert more than 7,000 U.S. stores to the upgraded store network and Wi-Fi
experience.

Starbucks teams up with Google to bring 10 times faster network and Wi-Fi
speeds to company-operated ...

Starbucks teams up with Google to bring 10 times faster network and Wi-Fi
speeds to company-operated stores in the U.S. (Photo: Business Wire)

“Every day, our customers rely on the free Wi-Fi at Starbucks to study, work,
connect with friends or just relax. We want to make sure that they can access
the web effortlessly and quickly, no matter what they’re doing, or what device
they are using,” said Adam Brotman, chief digital officer, Starbucks. “Our
goal is to continue to provide our customers with the best in-store experience
possible, and we are excited to offer these kinds of unparalleled experiences
at a broad scale.”

In addition to providing faster Wi-Fi, Starbucks and Google will also work
together to co-develop the next-generation Starbucks Digital Network.

“Google has always invested in projects that help the Internet grow stronger,
including projects that make Internet access more affordable and more widely
available. We hope that speedier Internet will make the time customers spend
at Starbucks even more enjoyable and productive,” said Kevin Lo, the General
Manager of Google Access.

Starbucks and Google will work with Level 3 Communications, an international
telecommunications company, to bring faster Wi-Fi connectivity to Starbucks®
stores. 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.

“Level 3 is proud to collaborate with Google to help Starbucks deliver on an
experience that echoes the needs of our more connected world,” said Anthony
Christie, chief marketing officer at Level 3. “Whether they’re working on
their laptops or searching the Internet on their smartphones, Starbucks
customers will now have access to the fastest free connection available in any
retail environment.”

About Starbucks Corporation

Since 1971, Starbucks Coffee Company has been committed to ethically sourcing
and roasting high-quality arabica coffee. Today, with stores around the globe,
the company is the premier roaster and retailer of specialty coffee in the
world. Through our unwavering commitment to excellence and our guiding
principles, we bring the unique Starbucks Experience to life for every
customer through every cup. To share in the experience, please visit us in our
stores or online at www.starbucks.com.

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Contact:

Starbucks Coffee Company
Linda Mills, 206-318-7100
press@starbucks.com