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April 6, 2006

Google To Offer Free WiFi in San Francisco

The Department of Telecommunications and Information Services has chosen a plan by Google and Earthlink to provide a free citywide WiFi network in San Francisco.

According to their plan, the companies will offer two wireless internet services – a free, ad-supported service from Google, and Earthlink's fee-based service that allows users to surf the internet at speeds faster than Google's service for about $20 a month.

An EarthLink spokesman, Dan Greenfield, said the network will cost $8 million to $10 million to build. Google spokeswoman Megan Quinn said the company was thrilled by the decision and is eager to launch the free WiFi service. Google already provides free WiFi access in Mountain View, California, as a testing ground for the proposed San Francisco project.

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