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#1 Posted : Thursday, July 25, 2013 8:22:06 AM(UTC)
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Google has deep pockets--so deep that the company can drop $600,000 to set up free WiFi hotspots in 31 San Francisco parks, just because. Google will also throw in two year’s worth of maintenance costs, which look to be about $25,000 per year.

Before San Francisco accepts Google’s gift, the city has to decide if it’s willing to pay for the annual maintenance; officials are likely more than happy to have the WiFi service, as it’s very much a hot tech city these days and would surely prefer to offer up that level of Internet access at popular places.

Google is funding free WiFi for San Francisco parks
Mission Dolores Park

Reuters says that proposed areas to get the free WiFi include Mission Dolores Park, Alamo Square, Washington Square, Portsmouth Square (in Chinatown), and the Tenderloin Recreation Area.

To be clear, Google would not own nor operate the WiFi network--it’s not some extension of its Google Fiber rollouts or anything--the money is simply a gift to the city. If approved, buildout could begin as early as December, with a completion date sometime in the middle of 2014.
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#2 Posted : Thursday, July 25, 2013 9:08:58 AM(UTC)
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But I don't live in San Francisco!

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#3 Posted : Thursday, July 25, 2013 9:58:29 AM(UTC)
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That's nice, but... this is San Francisco we're dealing with. I'd like to imagine that most people there can afford data plans. I guess it'd be great for tourists though...

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#4 Posted : Thursday, July 25, 2013 10:44:34 AM(UTC)
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It's a city just like any other, and has it's class systems. I'm sure the offering would be graciously accepted and welcomed by the majority of the populace.

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#5 Posted : Thursday, July 25, 2013 4:03:43 PM(UTC)
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I'd love it if I lived there. It's been years since I lived in the Bay Area though.

One of my sons lives there. I'm sure he'll like this idea too.

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#6 Posted : Thursday, July 25, 2013 9:32:56 PM(UTC)
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RWilliams wrote:

That's nice, but... this is San Francisco we're dealing with. I'd like to imagine that most people there can afford data plans. I guess it'd be great for tourists though...

While I would assume you are right, I got a good friend going to college for film in SF and while he does have a data plan on his phone he can't use it for his laptop and finds himself in coffee shops alot if he isn't at his school. I would see it being beneficial to those people or even with the people with low data plans they can hop on wifi while taking a stroll though the park. That and 600k aint nothin for Google :P

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#7 Posted : Friday, July 26, 2013 6:32:38 AM(UTC)
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On my last visit to San Francisco i saw a couple of homeless people with iPhones, they were the older 3g models but still iPhones. Sorry they smelled so bad i didn't bother inquiring if they had data plans.

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#8 Posted : Saturday, July 27, 2013 11:44:04 AM(UTC)
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now come to my state and area cause this would be better than what i have now

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#9 Posted : Saturday, July 27, 2013 11:49:08 AM(UTC)
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digitaldd wrote:

On my last visit to San Francisco i saw a couple of homeless people with iPhones, they were the older 3g models but still iPhones. Sorry they smelled so bad i didn't bother inquiring if they had data plans.

Dude now we have to say the study is incomplete. Ohwell :P

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#10 Posted : Tuesday, July 30, 2013 6:05:29 AM(UTC)
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Clixxer wrote:

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On my last visit to San Francisco i saw a couple of homeless people with iPhones, they were the older 3g models but still iPhones. Sorry they smelled so bad i didn't bother inquiring if they had data plans.

Dude now we have to say the study is incomplete. Ohwell :P

 

Sorry man the Stench was bad. 

 

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#11 Posted : Tuesday, July 30, 2013 7:32:38 AM(UTC)
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Well can't blame ya I wouldn't have either heh

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