Online Access: City and Google Partner to Offer Free WiFi in SF Parks
Mayor Ed Lee and Supervisor Mark Farrell announced a plan to introduce free wireless Internet access to parks and recreation centers across San Francisco. The plan is being made possible because of a gift from Google which will cover for 2 years the costs of the equipment, installation and maintenance of the wireless network.
Supervisor Farrell introduced the plan stating that “San Francisco should be a leader for bringing technology solutions to its residents and improving their quality of life on a day-to-day basis... There are so many added benefits – it will help bridge the digital divide, it will empower local residents and community groups who will have access at local parks, and it will help Recreation and Park Department staff sign up kids for camps and recreation programs with Internet speed many people would be shocked doesn’t already exist.”
Mayor Ed Lee also celebrated the plan as a “great example of public-private partnerships that are key to the delivery of better services for our residents”.