San Francisco’s Market Street Gets Fast, Free Wi-Fi

San FranciscoNearly 10 years after international tech hub San Francisco first said it wanted to offer free public Wi-Fi, the city’s first big deployment is finally being unveiled on Monday. There’s a new mayor and a new tech boom in town, and — perhaps most importantly — the technology for providing reliable, high-capacity access has improved dramatically over the past decade. San Francisco will offer free Internet access along the Market Street corridor, from the Embarcadero to the Castro, under the network name “_San_Francisco_Free_WiFi” (with the awkward punctuation so as to show up first in search results). The network is built to reach speeds of up to 50 Mbps both up and downstream, better than what many people receive in their own homes. (Of course, factors like the device used, congestion on the network and the physical distance to the access point may lower the speed.)

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