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Google to Fund Free Wi-Fi in San Francisco
July 24, 2013

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Google will provide fee Wi-Fi to parks and open spaces across San Francisco.

The Internet search engine provider will fund the program with a $600,000 grant. The San Francisco Department of Technology and a citizens group will do the installation and network maintenance at the 31 locations across the City by the Bay. The network will be running by spring 2014.

The San Francisco project will be an extension of Google's existing free Wi-Fi program. Google already provides free Wi-Fi to the entirety of the nearby city of Mountain View, where the company has its headquarters, and to a 10-block radius surrounding Google's offices in Manhattan.

New York City itself has free Wi-Fi at many parks (thanks to AT&T). Other large cities that have free public Wi-Fi (from a variety of providers) in public spaces include Chicago, Las Vegas, Lisbon, London, Minneapolis-St. Paul, Paris, and Tokyo.

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