Google is bestowing San Francisco the gift of free Wi-Fi in 31 public parks, plazas, and recreation centers, according to the San Francisco Chronicle. The gift will come in the form of $600,000 from Google, which will pay for equipment costs, installation, and maintenance for two years.
The company is "proud to provide free Wi-Fi in San Francisco, a city where thousands of its employees work and live," Google senior manager for public policy and government relations Veronica Bell told the Chronicle. "We hope that free Wi-Fi will be a resource that the city and other local groups will be able to use in their efforts to bridge the digital divide and make their community stronger."
The Web giant is known for giving a helping hand when it comes to free Wi-Fi. Not only has it initiated free wireless projects in Silicon Valley cities, like Mountain View and Milpitas, it has also helped bring free Wi-Fi to urban centers, like Boston, New York City, Los Angeles, and Seattle.
San Francisco's free Wi-Fi is scheduled to be up and running by next spring.