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San Francisco Sets Goal of Free Citywide WiFi

Lisa Minter (
Fri, 22 Oct 2004 10:40:45 EDT


San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom set a goal on Thursday of providing
free wireless Internet activity in his city that sees itself as a
vanguard of the Internet revolution.

"We will not stop until every San Franciscan has access to free
wireless Internet service," he said in his annual state of the city
address. "These technologies will connect our residents to the skills
and the jobs of the new economy."

"No San Franciscan should be without a computer and a broadband

He said the city had already made free WiFi service available at Union
Square, a central shopping and tourist hub, and would add access to
several other sections of the city including Civic Center around City

The stadium where the San Francisco Giants baseball team plays also
offers WiFi, a wireless technology that allows a computer with a
special modem to connect to the Internet.

Other cities have started setting up large areas of WiFi coverage,
including San Jose in Silicon Valley and parts of Long Beach,

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