Google Helps Set Up Free WiFi In 31 San Francisco Parks

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has launched WiFi across 31 San Francisco based playgrounds, plazas, rec centers, and parks.  These places will be getting 2 years of WiFi after a $600,000 donation from Google was made, according to San Francisco Mayor Ed Lee.  The installations are expected to start in November and is expected to be completed by April 2014.  This initiative will serve as a pilot for city-wide free WiFi.  Around six years ago, Google, Earth Link, and the city of San Francisco attempted to set up a WiFi network for the whole city, but a contract could not be agreed upon by the local government.

The public and government officials also feared that tech companies would more than profit.  Ron Conway’s and the San Francisco Department of Technology announced the initiative today in conjunction with Google.  There is no plan for Google to make money from this.

The $600,000 gift from Google will cover equipment, installation, and wireless network maintenance over two years.  It will become San Francisco’s responsibility to maintain the network after that.  The city will tap local commerce organization and tech partners to support the network after the two years.  This initiative is called “Free Wi-Fi In The Parks.”  If it is successful, then it will expand to other cities.

Below is a list of the public areas that will get free WiFi in San Francisco according to the SF Chronicle.

– Alamo Square

– Balboa Park

– Bernal Heights Recreation Center

– Boeddeker Park

– Chinese Recreation Center

– Civic Center Plaza

– Corona Heights

– Crocker Amazon Playground

– Duboce Park

– Eureka Valley Recreation Center

– Gene Friend Recreation Center

– Hamilton Recreation Center

– Huntington Park

– Joseph Lee Recreation Center

– Justin Herman Plaza

– Margaret S. Hayward Playground

– Marina Green

– Minnie and Lovie Ward Recreation Center

– Mission Dolores Park

– Mission Recreation Center

– Palega Playground

– Portsmouth Square

– Richmond Recreation Center

– St. Mary’s Recreation Center

– St. Mary’s Square

– Sue Bierman Park

– Sunnyside Playground

– Sunset Playground

– Tenderloin Recreation Center

– Upper Noe Recreation Center

– Washington Square

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