SF City Hall offers free Wi-Fi

Although the dream of accessing Wi-Fi everywhere in San Francisco is almost dead, San Franciscans can at least get free Wi-Fi access in city hall while they’re waiting outside the Legislative Chamber and the Supervisors’ offices. The Board of Supervisors and Department of Technology (DT) in collaboration with San Francisco’s Potrero Hill based Meraki, have launched a pilot public access initiative that will start on 23 June 2009 and continue through June 2010.

“I am thrilled we are taking the lead to provide free internet access at City Hall,” said David Chiu, President of the Board of Supervisors, who had initially requested that the Board Clerk examine the use of Wi-Fi in the Board Chambers.  “I only hope this will encourage more city facilities to do the same and bring city government into the 21st century.”

“The Board of Supervisor Chambers and offices was a natural place to expand our wireless technology,” says San Francisco CIO Chris Vein.  “This will be a valuable asset for those who use City Hall to conduct business and I would like to thank the Clerk of the Board and Meraki for partnering with us to make this pilot happen.”

Meraki has covered a number of neighborhoods in SF with Wi-Fi access. The areas of coverage are not very large but they’re getting more and more ubiquitous.

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