MuniWiFi for San Francisco

21 Aug ’05

This has been an awfully long time coming but it looks like San Francisco is making definitive steps towards establishing a city-wide Wi-Fi network (press release here):

Taking a step toward bridging the so-called digital divide between the tech-savvy and people who can’t afford computers, the city government on Tuesday issued guidelines for a plan to “ensure universal, affordable wireless broadband access for all San Franciscans.”

The invitation, extended to nonprofit groups and businesses that could eventually bid on the project, puts San Francisco among a handful of major U.S. cities tackling the technological and political challenges of offering Internet service to its residents on such a wide scale.

Expect a major lobbying effort by the telcos to convince the California legislature and the Governator to shut the plan down.

More details at MuniWireless.

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