San Francisco gets free hotspot Wi-Fi up and down Market Street


San Francisco’s hopes of getting citywide Wi-Fi were dashed long ago, but the city is starting to enact pieces of that former dream. On Monday, it launched a free hotspot network along the length of its main commercial corridor Market Street, using equipment donated by outdoor Wi-Fi specialist Ruckus Wireless(s rkus) and fiber backhaul donated by Layer42.

The network starts at the Market and Castro Street intersection and goes all the way to the Bay, culminating at one of the city’s busiest pedestrian areas at the Embarcadero. You can access the network through the “_SanFrancisco_free_WiFi” network name that will pop up in your Wi-Fi options.

The Market Street project joins another initiative from Google(s goog) to blanket SF city parks with free — yet ad-supported — Wi-Fi hotspots. Those two projects hardly equal a full municipal Wi-Fi network, but like many other cities San Francisco seems to have…

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