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Public Wi-Fi Coming to San Mateo, Calif.

The county wants to expand Internet availability to a dozen more sites in each of the next two years.

by News Staff / June 19, 2015
San Mateo County, Calif., is mapping the access points where free Wi-Fi is now available.

The San Mateo County Information Services Department announced Wednesday it has completed the first phase of its “SMC Public WiFi” project, which has brought free Internet access to 11 sites throughout the county.

The county wants to expand availability to a dozen more sites in each of the next two years. The initiative is being funded through a 2012 county tax measure.

“The modern digital divide in our community is really about those who have high-speed access to the Internet and those who don’t,” said Jon Walton, the San Mateo County CIO. “We want to try to close those gaps by providing public Wi-Fi to give people access to information and services that they need in their modern lives to be prosperous and healthy.”

The county has plotted the Wi-Fi access points on a map at http://www.smcgov.org/wifi. The page also graphs the traffic volume on the network.

This staff report was originally published by TechWire