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The Castro Goes Wireless

Lisa Minter (
Mon, 9 May 2005 19:29:33 -0500

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San Francisco Mayor Gavin Newsom and AnchorFree Wireless have unveiled
a free wireless Internet (Wi-Fi) hotzone in the heart of San
Francisco's Castro District, the world's famous gay and lesbian

Consumers can access the Internet wirelessly at no cost indoors and
outdoors along the commercial segment of Castro Street.

"We are pleased to support the efforts of AnchorFree to bring all
citizens access to free wireless broadband services," said Mayor Gavin
Newsom. "This new service will certainly benefit citizens, visitors
and businesses in the Castro further encourage technology innovation
in San Francisco."

"San Francisco's Castro area is an ideal location to blanket with free
wireless Internet access", said David Gorodyansky, President of
AnchorFree Wireless. "It is a tech-savvy district with lots of foot
traffic and is filled with vibrant cafes, restaurants and bars. We are
delighted to have our presence in such a well known community."

AnchorFree has completed Intel's Centrino mobile technology
compatibility testing through the Intel Wireless Verification Program
(WVP), helping to ensure consumers can enjoy the productivity and
lifestyle advantages of Wi-Fi technology within AnchorFree's Wi-Fi

"As a participant in Intel's wireless verification program, AnchorFree
has tested its Wi-Fi service for compatibility with common
configurations of notebook PCs based on Intel Centrino mobile
technology, Intel's premier technology for wireless mobile computing,"
said Karen Regis, director of marketing programs for Intel's Mobile
Platforms Group. "By providing consumers with free wireless Internet
connectivity in San Francisco's Castro District, AnchorFree helps
enhance the 'unwired' experience for Intel Centrino mobile technology
users, connecting them back to their work place as well as their
family and friends."

In April of 2005, AnchorFree launched twin Wi-Fi hotzones in San
Francisco's Marina District. The Marina area is located approximately
5 miles from the Castro District.

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