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Google wants to bring free Wi-Fi to SF parks

Wed, 07/24/2013 - 1:43pm
The Associated Press

Google wants to bring free Wi-Fi to 31 San Francisco parks.

The Internet giant and San Francisco Supervisor Mark Farrell announced a partnership for the service on Wednesday. The San Francisco Chronicle reports (http://bit.ly/1c1t2Fk ) that the $600,000 gift from Google will cover the costs of the equipment, installation and maintenance of wireless capabilities for two years.

It still has to be approved by the planning department. The parks commission and board of supervisors will also to have to weigh in.

Google already provides free Wi-Fi in Mountain View, Calif., where it's headquartered, and in a handful of cities where it has data centers. The company announced in January that it was teaming up with a New York City neighborhood business group to provide a Wi-Fi network for about a 10-block area.

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