San Francisco Offers Free Wi-Fi Along Market Street

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    San Francisco is offering free Internet access along Market Street.

    San Francisco is offering free Internet access along one of its main thoroughfares.

    The San Francisco Chronicle reports that the city-owned wireless network was running last week ahead of its formal rollout on Monday. It covers a three-mile stretch of Market Street from Castro Street to the Embarcadero.

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    City officials say it cost about $500,000 after donations from two companies, Ruckus Wireless, of Sunnyvale, and Layer42 Networks, of Mountain View.

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    A new website provides a tutorial on how to connect to the Wi-Fi network and shows a GIS map of the access points for service along Market Street. For more information, go to: