Mayor Gavin Newsom launches Wi-Fi 2.0

June 11, 2008 4:22:39 PM PDT
San Francisco mayor Newsom announced the launch of Wi-Fi 2.0

It's a plan to provide free Internet access to everyone in the city.

Newsom says the San Francisco Housing Authority will be one of the first to receive universal Wi-Fi.

He says the Internet is the single most important tool for low-income residents to improve the quality of their lives.

"Already five are complete done, 13 more on the way, a total of 18 public housing sites by the end of this calendar year will be completely Wi-Fi and completely integrated into part of this new strategy," said Mayor Gavin Newsom.

The city is working with a company called Meraki to extend free broad-band Wi-Fi to dozens of neighborhoods.

More than 95,000 people in the city are already connected to their network and getting free wi-fi.

Meraki hopes to bring free wi-fi to all San Franciscans by the end of the year.


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