SAN FRANCISCO — Google and a San Francisco supervisor announced a partnership on Wednesday to bring free Wi-Fi to 31 San Francisco parks, plazas and open spaces.
The Internet giant has agreed to provide a $600,000 grant to fund the initiative, Supervisor Mark Farrell said. Another group, the San Francisco Citizens Initiative for Technology and Innovation, will install and maintain the network with the San Francisco Department of Technology.
"By providing free Wi-Fi in almost every corner of the city, we can further open up the doors of education, innovation, and inclusivity to every resident and visitor who takes advantage of our world-class parks, plazas, and open spaces," Farrell said in a statement.
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 surrounding Google's offices in Manhattan's Chelsea neighborhood.
New York City has free Wi-Fi at parks, as does Paris.