San Francisco to Get Free WiFi

Here’s a great development if you live in S.F. Unfortunately the government is working to change the rules so that municipalities cannot own nor give away internet access when a possible vendor might want to sell within that area.

Mercury News: “San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom launched an initiative Tuesday to bring free or affordable wireless Internet service to all the city’s citizens within a year.

With the initiative, San Francisco joins numerous other cities across the country that say they have municipal wireless projects in the works. Until now, Philadelphia was the only large metropolitan area to do so.

Newsom acknowledged that he hopes San Francisco can learn from some of Philadelphia’s bumps in the road to WiFi, short for wireless fidelity or wireless Internet connections. Philadelphia, which is reviewing final bids for its service, encountered opposition from commercial Internet providers Comcast and Verizon, which viewed a city-run broadband service as a potential business threat. The 135-square-mile city is reviewing its final bids and puts cost estimates at $15 million to $18 million.”


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