College newspaper here -- we resumed publication after summer break and noticed that all of the maps on articles were not working (grayed out with a "for development use only" message). It looks like Google Maps has gone to a paid usage model: https://cloud.google.com/maps-platform/user-guide/
I had to go through a bunch of rigmarole of setting up a Cloud platform app, enabling a tons of APIs and putting in a credit card since usage is no longer completely free. It was annoying because we don't do any cloud computing and don't need any of the datacenter-type features. They do provide $200 of free credits every month, but there is no easy way that I could tell to stop it from charging you $20 or $200 or $2000 or $20000 if the site gets DDOS'd or has a huge traffic spike, or to set a $199.99 max usage and then have it disable itself.
Would you all please start investigating the feasibility of having integrated maps that use a free/open alternative, like maybe OpenStreetMap?
I would like to remove my credit card from Google and not have to think about it.
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