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Friday, January 11, 2008

Free The Net Wi-Fi Signal Spreading Across San Francisco

Posted By on Fri, Jan 11, 2008 at 2:59 PM

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In your face, EarthLink and Google. Free the Net, Meraki's Mission-based community-built network, is spreading free Wi-Fi across San Francisco, boasting over 40,000 users, and they seem determined to keep going until the entire city has access, which is pretty cool considering how the free Wi-Fi hot potato has been tossing around since 2004 and nobody has managed to make it happen yet. Meraki CEO Sanjit Biswas:

"This is really just a showcase to prove that grassroots groups can provide free Wi-Fi. And it's an approach that gets a network up in a weekend rather than waiting months."

You can help spread the goodness:

  • If you can see the Free the Net signal, sign up for a free repeater to boost your signal.

  • Volunteer to host an outdoor repeater on your roof or balcony. The outdoor units help spread the signal throughout your neighborhood and are critical to the growth of the network.

  • Spread the word! Tell your friends and neighbors to sign up at

  • Check out the network map and keep yourself up-to-date on our progress.

    (via Boing Boing)

    -- Brian Bernbaum

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